wiCADET

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wiCADET
Two Years of Success!
Michaela Black
Derek Woods
Mairin Nicell
Joan Condell
Janet Allison
Adrian Moore
Pauleen Marshall
Nigel Creighton
wiCADET
Widening Access through COMPUTING APPS DEVELOPMENT
TRAINING
• Computing Mobile App camp for secondary level
students
• Introduce children to the creative area of designing and
developing Mobile Apps in teams
• Computing apps are ideal for this outreach activity as
they provide:
• an engaging tool which would introduce computing
topics to students which could then be taken at
University level
• Very appropriate for advertising the high impact that
computing can have on addressing the needs of
wider society
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• Project aims:
• Engage and Challenge
• Year 11 and 12 pupils in a University
setting which in turn may raise aspirations
to study at HE level
• This is also an excellent time for young people to
consider a career in computing as there is
currently a vibrant job market in this sector
wiCADET
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• wiCADET1
• Schools invited to
• Provide 2 teams of 4 members
• Include at least one female per group
• Sign up to attend 3 on-site visits across 2 Ulster
campuses
• Have mentor support via email one hour each week
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5 mentors responsible for 4 teams each
2 authors of e-book materials for app camps
Transport & catering funded by project
Software used was MIT App Inventor
wiCADET
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TRAINING
• Initial Directive:
• The theme for this year’s app development is
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics
• The teams, with the assistance of their mentors and
the wiCADET team, DESIGN and DEVELOP a
Mobile App that encapsulates this theme
• The teams are also provided with tutorial e-books
for the MIT App Inventor software
wiCADET
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TRAINING
 2012-13 wiCADET1
 Session 1
• Friday 9 March – Coleraine campus – (10am – 2pm)
• Project initiation, app design and software
introduction
• Session 2
• Friday 30 March – Magee campus – (10am – 2pm)
• Design updates and software support on campus
• Session 3
• Friday 11 May – Coleraine campus – (10am – 2pm)
• App showcase and prize giving ceremony
wiCADET
Widening Access through COMPUTING APPS DEVELOPMENT
TRAINING
Enjoyable
100%
Intellectually
Stimulating/Challenging
91%
Confidence Building
88%
Good Learning Experience
100%
More at home with the
University Environment
94%
More Confident in Programming
100%
Like Most
Like Least
Less formal, comfortable and relaxed
atmosphere, with the freedom to
answer questions and no pressure to
answer correctly
Nothing
Working in Groups
Timing (time of day)
Being able to discuss problems
and get explanations and answers
Noise distractions in room
It helped in learning and
understanding app programming
One-to-one / face-to-face help
 Observing the transition of the students over the 3
months - unbelievable!
 Outstanding professionalism of the teams on the
final day!
 Judges were very impressed with students and
the process!
 Winning team:
• Have released app on Android store!
• Have been invited by local Council to
present their work
 Teams had an excellent experience!
 Teachers had an excellent experience!
Want the same next year
 Mentors had an excellent experience!
 wiCADET team had an excellent experience!
 It was a privilege to have been part of this transition!
 Key success aspects:
• Teachers
• Support team
• Good mentors
 Things to Improve
• Start Earlier
• More on-school support
App currently available on: http://tinyurl.com/ecosmart12
Cookstown High Continued
Success!
• Met recycling officers from 8 district councils and presented our App
concept
• Entered Junior Dragons' Den and reached the National finals
• Winners of the Eircom Junior Spiders award, having met and
received commendation from Bill Liao, some of the team would now
even like to mentor at a CoderDoJo events
• Environment Minister Alex Attwood found out first-hand on a trip to
Stormont about their design which promotes and develops users'
knowledge of recycling
• The team were selected as NI young innovators by the Belfast
Science Park and got the chance to pitch their App concept to
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York at the launch of the Museum of
Here and Now, at the Titanic Building
• Commerical app – Davagh App – sold to Cookstown Council
• BelTech Conference Demo 2014
wiCADET
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• wiCADET2
• Schools invited as before
• Slight change of up take
• 5 Schools
• Majority of schools 2-3 teams
• One School provided complete ICT class
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5 mentors responsible for 5 schools
2 authors of e-book materials for app camps
Transport & catering funded by project
Software used was new ONLINE MIT App Inventor
wiCADET
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• 2013-14 wiCADET2
• Session 1
• Friday 18th October – Magee campus – (10am – 2pm)
• Project initiation, app design and software introduction
• Session 2
•
Onsite School visit with Mentor
• Session 3
• Friday 13th December – Coleraine campus – (10am – 2pm)
• Design updates and software support on campus
• Session 4
•
Onsite School visit with Mentor
• Session 5
• Friday 24th January – Magee campus – (10am – 2pm)
• App showcase and prize giving ceremony
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I Found wiCADET Camp..?
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
Disagree
50%
..
..
40%
..
Agree
30%
20%
10%
0%
Enjoyable
Intellectually
Stimulating
Intellectually
Easy
Satisfying to be
Valuable for
Builds
able to complete assessment prep confidence in
Computing
A good Learning
Experience
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By the end of wiCADET I felt?
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
Disagree
..
50%
..
..
40%
Agree
30%
20%
10%
0%
More Confident
More Knowledgeable
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Our wiCADET Mentors were?
100%
90%
80%
70%
Disagree
60%
..
50%
..
..
40%
Agree
30%
20%
10%
0%
Supportive
Informed
Considerate
Encouraging
wiCADET
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What did you like most about wiCADET Camp?
Informal relaxed atmosphere,
freedom to ask
10%
19%
It helped in learning and
understanding Mobile Apps
10%
Being able to discuss work with
team peers
Working in small groups
14%
18%
Help form Mentors
12%
It encourages me to pursue a
career in Computing
17%
It makes me feel at home in a
University Environment
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What did you like least about the wiCADET Camp?
0%
Nothing
10%
Timing (time of year)
24%
9%
Working in a group
Everything (prefer to
work on your own)
9%
Mentors lack of
preparation
0%
2%
46%
Insufficient
discusssion and
assistance
Noise distractions in
room
Nervousness of
mentor
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 Views of Schools
Below is a message sent from Mr Robert Johnston, Cookstown High School,
Teacher of winning team of wiCADET 2012:
“University of Ulster App Camp 2012 was truly the start of an interesting
journey for the teams of pupils and staff at Cookstown High School.
One of our school pupils even had the opportunity to complete a work
placement with SilverFish, Coleraine last summer.
I have had the opportunity through a GTC funded fellowship within the
University of Ulster to develop my own app development skills, and I am
currently planning to adopt app development within our A'Level ICT course.
Your access project was the catalyst to all this, and possibly more to come.
Thanks again!”
wiCADET
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 Views of Industrialists/Employers
Message from Charlie Tuxworth, Director, Software and Innovation, Equiniti sent
the following message following an update from our 2012 winning team:
“Thanks for the update on the team. This is an excellent reflection on the
team, the school and the wiCADET programme
As someone working in this rapidly growing sector, schemes such as this
are of vital importance in attracting young talented people into the industry.
The more initiatives like this the better as far as I'm concerned!
Michaela, do contact me if there's any way that Equiniti can assist on
similar programmes moving forward.”
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Views of:
• Mentors
• Team
 Current resources available:
• Several models of delivery
• CPPD modules
• eBook materials
• Experience of embedding software with C2K
integration..
wiCADET
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TRAINING
• What's new for proposed 2014-15?
• Build opportunities for similar Cookstown
commercial success
• Extended training after first showcase
• Take top 3 winning teams & schools
• Extended opportunities for developing app
• Commercial training for awareness &
opportunities
• Commercial training marketing
• Phase 2 of model
• January to May for top 3 apps

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