Minister and students tour the Apple campus in Cork

Minister and students tour the Apple campus in Cork
Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD with student Shea Deady; Deirdre Bevan, Volunteer Programme Co-Ordinator and Phil O'Flynn, Principal from Terence MacSwiney College who are using Apple's Everyone Can Create tools to create art, music, video and photography.Picture. John Allen

More than 100 students from Ballincollig and Knocknaheeny were in the Apple campus in Cork.

The Minister for Education Joe McHugh also visited Apple and observed the work of their school engagement programme which sees schools receive lessons in coding, photography, art and music.

Minister McHugh was joined on the visit by Cathy Kearney, VP European Operations.

Students Erin Egan and Sean Healy from Terence MacSwiney College. Apple employees have volunteered at Terence MacSwiney College since 2016 to support the coding curriculum. Picture. John Allen
Students Erin Egan and Sean Healy from Terence MacSwiney College. Apple employees have volunteered at Terence MacSwiney College since 2016 to support the coding curriculum. Picture. John Allen

The event coincided with a transition year visit attended by 100 students from Ballincollig Community School and Gaelcholáiste Mhuire A.G schools in Cork who were at the campus to learn about Apple’s operations in Ireland and enjoy Everyone Can Create and Everyone Can Code taster sessions. 

These sessions are designed to help students of all ages to learn the basics of coding and problem solving.

Almost 1,000 students from local schools have already taken part in transition year visits to learn about Apple’s operations in Ireland.

The Minister also visited the nearby Terence MacSwiney Community College where since 2016, more than 40 Apple employees have volunteered to support the coding curriculum. 

Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD with students Erica Lingwood and Shanelle Russell from Terence MacSwiney College. Picture. John Allen
Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD with students Erica Lingwood and Shanelle Russell from Terence MacSwiney College. Picture. John Allen

The Minister met with Principal Phil O’Flynn to discuss the impact that the once-a-week classes have had on the students who are using Apple’s Everyone Can Create tools to create art, music, video and photography.

Minister McHugh said: “It is pleasure to be in Cork today to see at first hand the work that Apple are doing with schools in the community. It is important for students to learn about digital technology to prepare them for the future world of work.

“The work of Apple with schools here in Cork supplements the work of our Digital Strategy for Schools in embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment in schools.”

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