THE STAFF and students on our third level Clonmel campus have set aside a week of creative activities that complement the Year of Irish Design #ID2015 with seminars, demonstrations and hands-on sessions. You should check out DesignFest.ie if you, your child or your students have any interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Maths (STEAM).
I've worked with young Irish students during the past 20 years and watched their keen interest during Saturday drop-ins at Arthouse, after-school Coder Dojo sessions, and week-long creative multimedia training programmes. And we've compressed the best of all those things into a series of events running in Clonmel, County Tipperary, from Monday the 16th to Saturday the 22nd of November.
While walking the hallways on campus, my 8yo asked how people made the images on the walls. And she also wants to know what the animators are doing with the big Mac screens she sees inside the classrooms. So I'm thinking about pulling her out of primary school and let her ask some of our clever creative students herself during Digital Design Career Day.
If you're a teacher who wants to fan the flames of creativity, I think you should explore what's happening on the LIT-Clonmel campus. And if you're teaching clever young students, I hope you consider bringing them on a bus for an hour-long immersion with the staff and students of the Limerick School of Art & Design in Clonmel.
[Bernie Goldbach has taught creative multimedia to third level students since 1997 and thinks many in the current LSAD crop could work for Pixar. Thanks to @IrishTeachers, this blog post is dynamically shared via EdBlogsIE.]