The Eircom Junior Spiders awards, now in their sixth year, were established to highlight how primary and post-primary students embrace the internet, and to mark the innovative ways it is used both in school and in student’s daily lives.
The awards encourage innovation and an engagement with programming and web development for children of all ages.
The categories for different age groups are Mega Spiders (4-12 year olds), Giga Spiders (13-15 year olds) and Tera Spiders (16-19 year olds) and encourage best individual or group project in areas such as blogging, coding, web, game or app design.
Attracting attention from several key technology firms in Ireland, from Eircom the title sponsor to CPL, Toshiba, Foras na Gaeilge, Granite Digital and SchoolDays.ie.
Owen McGuinness, Retail Channel Manager for Toshiba Ireland a sponsor of the Giga Spider category, describes the benefits of this program “What’s incredible about these projects is that they are produced by children who not only understand how programming works, but also how it can be applied practically. This type of outlook deserves to be rewarded and fostered, as it puts young people on a fruitful career path, even before they go on to third level”
Winners from the Giga category will each receive one of Toshiba’s award winning new Chromebook 2 laptops.
Entries this year were whittled down from hundreds to just five or six in each category. All the finalist projects can be viewed here.
Winners will be announces at an award ceremony taking place on Monday 20th April 2015 at Facebook’s HQ in Dublin, hosted by Aidan Power.