• Lusk National School has been named as the winner of the Intel eSchools 2014 competition receiving a technology package worth more than €20,000.
• The school will receive 30 laptop devices along with a dedicated teacher laptop, a Smart interactive screen unit and a portable charging unit to house the devices
• A special ceremony was held at the school today to announce Lusk NS as the latest winner of the eSchools competition. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon T.D. who was joined by the Director of Intel Corporate Affairs Shelly Esque.
Wednesday, June 25th, Co. Dublin – Lusk National School, located in the heart of Co. Dublin, has received a huge boost to technology in its classrooms, as it became the winner of the Intel eSchools 2014 competition receiving a technology package worth more than €20,000.
Lusk NS which has 800 pupils aged between 4 and 12, received 30 ‘Pupil 108’ devices which are dedicated education devices that have a convertible design which allows them to act as both a laptop and a tablet. Along with these pupil devices the school also received a dedicated teacher laptop, a Smart interactive screen unit and a portable charging unit to house the devices. The portable nature of the technology kit allows students and teachers to use the devices to access the internet from anywhere in the school enabling them to incorporate technology into the teaching and learning process.
Minister Cannon is pictured together with Junior Infants Finn Moore and Megan Daly
A special ceremony was held at the school today to announce Lusk NS as the latest winner of the eSchools competition, an initiative which is now in its 6th year. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon T.D. who was joined by the Director of Intel Corporate Affairs Shelly Esque.
Speaking at the ceremony Minister Cannon congratulated the staff and students of Lusk NS on winning the eSchools competition and encouraged them to think about how they could use technology to help express themselves creatively “The opportunity to create the future is uniquely yours and it is important that we provide to you an an environment that frees your mind from road blocks, that gives each the opportunity to express yourselves and that protects and nurtures your natural creativity. Intel equally believes that this is important and is providing you with the technology tools to support that. I would leave you with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who once said ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’”.
Shelly Esque, Director of Intel Corporate Affairs, is pictured with Finn Moore and Megan Daly both aged 5
Also speaking at the event was Director of Intel Corporate Affairs, Shelly Esque, who emphasised Intel’s continuing commitment to supporting education and added; “The one thing that I would ask you young people to do is to continue to be curious and to continue to ask ‘why?’. It is from these questions that we create the opportunity to find answers and to learn and to be creative in doing so. Technology, together with important disciplines such as science and math, are a crucial part of your learning and I am sure that this eSchools prize will provide the tools to enable your creativity, and indeed your curiosity, for many years to come”.
This is the 6th year of the eSchools competition which is run annually by Intel. For the past number of years the eSchools program has been directly linked to the Intel Mini Scientist program with schools who enter the Mini Scientist subsequently being given the opportunity to apply for the eSchools prize. The competition was this year open to the 85 schools nationwide who took part in the Mini Scientist science competition and based on a very strong and comprehensive written submission, Lusk NS were chosen as the winning school.
In closing the special ceremony school Principal Paul Comiskey added, “”We are absolutely delighted in Lusk National School to have been chosen as the winners of the Intel eSchools Programme 2014. We are committed in our school to developing all our children’s ICT skills and ensuring ICT is part of the daily experience of our pupils. This award by Intel of thirty laptop devices, Smart Interactive screen, teacher laptop and portable changing unit will help us enormously in developing all our children’s IT potential.”
Intel has been involved in Education since it first came to Ireland in 1989 and in that time have invested an average of €1.3 million in Irish education initiatives each year which support transformation in curriculum, infrastructure and teacher development.
Emma Byrne aged 5 from the Junior infant class at Lusk NS is pictured with one the laptops which the school were awarded
Students from the Junior Infants class show off their new laptop devices
Finn Moore and Megan Daly, both aged 5, from Lusk NS Junior infant class are pictured with some of the ‘Pupil 108’ devices
Further images from the event can be found here: eSchools 2014 – an album on Flickr
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