Educational work in Africa wins undergraduate IT award

A young man’s vision for improving educational opportunities for children in Southern Africa has won him a top award. Former St Andrew’s University student Martin Conaghan has been named winner of the IT category of the 2008 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards, an award sponsored by the IET.

A young man’s vision for improving educational opportunities for children in Southern Africa has won him a top award. Former St Andrew’s University student Martin Conaghan has been named winner of the IT category of the 2008 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards, an award sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The SET Awards are for science and technology undergraduates provide a showcase for educational excellence by publicly recognising the exceptional achievements of both students and universities. Conaghan was rewarded for his vision for improving educational opportunities for children in Southern Africa. His work led him to developing and delivering educational software based around games creation for use on the OLPC (one laptop per child) programme.

“What makes Martin’s work especially worthy is that he worked as a volunteer with children in Africa over the last four summers and after graduation, returned to Africa to continue his voluntary work,” said Simon Maddison, Fellow of the IET and technical director of the TTXGP (pictured presenting Martin with his award). “Martin’s vision for improving the educational opportunities for children in Africa is therefore grounded in his experience, and his motivation and commitment are reflected in the high quality of his scientific work in the area of computing.”

Maddison adds: “The scientific and technical challenges that Martin had to address in developing GCTC (Games Creation Tool for Children) were huge. Martin epitomises the very best of technical excellence and so we were delighted that he was rewarded with the IT category of the awards.”

More information:
www.setawards.org

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