19 Aug 2022

Clane students crack the code

News Strapline

Clane students crack the code

A couple of Clane secondary students have launched a campaign to teach computer code in schools worldwide.

Harry McCann (17) and his friend, Jack Cullen, both fifth year students at Scoil Mhuire, are members of the Digital Youth Council.

They have devised and launched a new campaign to get at least one school in each of the 196 countries globally to integrate coding workshops into their curriculum.

“Our aim is to highlight the value of coding for all future generations and the necessity of embedding it into the education systems of countries around the world,” Harry told the Leader.

Starting in Ireland they are seeking pledges of support.

“Those who code can pledge their time, others can pledge support through equipment, financing or by making key connections and introductions in countries worldwide.”

They are using diplomatic channels established through embassies to increase the reach of this campaign. Oscar winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, Ireland’s National Digital Champion, is a keen supporter.

Harry, who has been involved in the local Coderdojo volunteer scheme, said that if we do not understand how the computer works.

He teaches Coderdojo in the Project Centre in Clane, spending an hour or two each evening.

Usually they are very bright kids and we even have one six-year-old who comes with an older brother. “Learning coding helps you to do problem solving,” he said.

Surprisingly, business is his chief love and he studies ordinary level maths.

His interest in the digital world came from a cruciate knee injury at the age of 15 which halted his contact sport.

The son of Stephen and Diane he comes from a sport keen family, he is now a soccer referee, doing schoolboy games in Clane and nearby areas.

To pledge support visit or following them on twitter at @letsteachcode

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.