Gateway Youth Project Athlone wins 3 awards at Creative TechFest 2016

foroigeadmin November 15, 2016

The Gateway Youth Project, Athlone attended the Google Foundry for this year’s annual Creative Techfest on November 4th where they won three awards.

The Gateway Project in Athlone received awards for best educator, most stunning video visuals, and standout maker project.

The standout marker project was for the young people’s work on a number of programmes around the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) Projects. These projects included robots they created, and producing a film on STEAM.

The Workhouse” film won Most Stunning Video Visual, this was a project completed by 11 young people as part of their Component Certificates Level 3 in Media Expression over the summer in the Gateway Youth Project.

Foróige youth worker Megan Depinna was presented with this year’s Educator of the Year Award.

Foróige Techspace Programme in the Gateway Youth Project combines the trusted principles and practice of youth work with the use of technology as a tool to engage young people in creative learning and encourage them to use their interests in technology in an active constructive way rather than just a passive user technology such as social media.

Jen Hesnan, Techspace Co-ordinator Foróige said “Our group was one of many youth clubs and schools across Ireland gathered to celebrate their passion for creative technology. The Creative Techfest is a celebration of TechSpace, an education movement that inspires young people to become digital creators, inventors and makers. Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and confidence are skills at the heart of TechSpace activities.

“I would like to pay special thanks to ESB for coming to the Youth Project, educating us on how electricity works and giving us some very valuable safety tips.  

"The work throughout the TechSpace community is of a constantly high standard, so it's very impressive that the Gateway Project in Athlone received 3 awards for best educator, most stunning video visuals, and standout maker project!”

“The young people who got to attend were thrilled with the experience and they especially enjoyed the roboslam workshop and the CS First workshop.

The Gateway Youth Project is currently looking for volunteers for its TechSpace Programme in the areas of Coding, Film Making, Music Production and Graphic Design.  If you have a passion, interest or qualification in any of these please get in touch. Volunteers receive Induction Training, role descriptions and other professional development training, valuable facilitation/ teaching / youth work experience and an opportunity to pass on skills and interests in technology to young people with similar interests. 

For more information on volunteering please contact Megan Depinna on 086 0279149 or Nadia Farrell on 086 4182415.


What did the young people have to say? 

 “It was a brilliant experience, my favourite part was making my robot” Dean

 “Amaron the Irish Beat boxing Champion was an astounding act and I would definitely love to see him again”

“The day was awesome because we won awards. I liked the displays as one group made a video game about Trump which was funny” Ameerah

 “My favourite part of the day was making robots and the project winning 3 awards” Megan

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