The DCU Ryan Academy, in conjunction with the Lego Innovation Studio at DCU’s Institute of Education at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, recently delivered a week-long summer camp for talented second-level students focused on Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity.
The camp focussed on three themes – Developing Creative Confidence, Understanding Entrepreneurial Thinking and Empowering Leadership Skills – which underpinned the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity overarching camp.
25 students took part in entrepreneurship classes in the morning and each afternoon built prototypes of their business ideas with robotics Lego.
Classes were delivered in the form of traditional lectures using teaching materials and they also included discussion groups and opportunities for students to network and share their ideas.
Students took part in entrepreneurship classes in the morning and each afternoon built prototypes of their business ideas with robotics Lego.
On the final day of the camp, students presented a portfolio of their work as well as a business plan and a robotics prototype to a judging panel.
Professor Deirdre Butler of the LEIS said the summer camp demonstrated how an innovative and exciting learning environment can be created for young people by the synergies created when different members of DCU’s wider family (DCU Institute of Education, DCU Ryan Academy & DDU Access Programme) come together.
“The young people we worked with impressed us immensely with how they developed and demonstrated critical thinking, creativity and communication skills, as they harnessed robotic materials and design thinking to develop solutions to a series of real-world problems,” he added.
Chief Operations Officer at DCU Ryan Academy, Niamh Collins, said the week proved that educating Ireland’s teenagers on the basics of entrepreneurship and innovation can open up a whole new level of skills and ambition for young people.
“The summer camp has given them a new way of thinking to enhance their creative side,” she continued.
“The camp has been a fun environment for them to work in as individuals and in teams, learn new skills and most importantly it has increased their confidence.”
“My biggest highlight was the presentation, it was a display of all the work the groups had done” – student
“The main thing I would take away from this programme would be the social speaking and the value proposition of a business” – student