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Explore ’14, the annual IT Day of St. Peter’s College, Colombo 04, organized by the Peterite ICT Team, was successfully held on the 29th of September 2014. With the aim of harnessing the ICT talents and skills and spread the benefits of technology to the entire society, Explore ’14 kicked off at 9.30a.m at the College Main Hall and went on till 5.30p.m. Over a hundred and fifty participants attended the event, with students from all over the island.
Prof. Sanath Jayasena, chief guest at Explore'14

Prof. Sanath Jayasena, chief guest at Explore’14

Prof. Sanath Jayasena was the chief guest for the day. Prof. Sanath Jayasena has been working in the Department of Computer Science &
Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Moratuwa for about 20 years. His research interests include parallel and high-performance computing, machine learning and local language computing.
Student participation at Explore'14
There were interesting lectures conducted by well experienced professionals in the fields of:
Mechatronics – Dr. Dilum Bandara. He is a senior lecturer from the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. His
teaching and research interests are in the areas of Cloud computing, Computer Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks, Computer Architecture,
Embedded Systems, and Network Security.Game Design/Development – Uditha Bandara. Specializes in Microsoft development for Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and PC. He is South East
Asia’s First XNA/DirectX MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He had delivered sessions at various events and conferences in Malaysia, Hong
Kong,Singapore, Sri Lanka and IndiaCareer Guidance – Ms Chathura Sooriyaarchchi
Mobile App Development – Ms Neera JayamohanThere were also bands and soloists from the school itself who performed at the event.
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The event ended on a high note with Royal College being the winners of both the Inter-School Quiz Competition and the Hackathon. Ananda
College emerged runners-up in the Inter-School Quiz Competition and the Hackathon.

Peterite ICT Team for Explore'14

Peterite ICT Team for Explore’14

Article submitted by Vathsala Karunanayake.
Photographs By Lakshan Bhanuka. Group photo by Tharusha Pathmaperuma.

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After recruiting Will.i.am to help encourage students to explore the world of code, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates are preparing to take a more hands-on approach. As part of their mission with Code.org, the non-profit that aims to make computer courses more prevalent in schools, both influential tech icons will be contributing tutorials to an “Hour of Code” event slated for early December. Set to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is an introductory lesson “designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.” Microsoft says Gates will also participate in a conference call with students.

Organizers are hoping to reach 10 million students with the effort. Considering the industry heavyweights backing Code.org — Google, Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square’s Jack Dorsey, and others are providing financial support — that goal may well be attainable. And it’s not just limited to schools; Code.org is encouraging communities and businesses to take part. Anyone between the ages of six and 80 can get involved. Educators who organize Hour of Code events will receive 10GB of complimentary Dropbox storage, and a school in every US state will be gifted a class set of laptops for their participation.

 

Source : http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/14/4838628/mark-zuckerberg-bill-gates-contributing-tutorials-to-code-org