I was fortunate enough to have attended the IT PAT expo/competition at EOH in Bedfordview on Saturday 18th October 2014. It consisted of Grade 10 to 12 students, from various schools, showcasing their IT PAT’s for three rounds of intense judging by top IT lecturers from the Tshwane University of Technology. I also got to chat a bit to Bertie Buitendag who maintains the SA Delphi FET IT Schools blog and is also a lecturer at TUT.
I was absolutely blown away by what I saw! The level of programming, the ideas, the concepts and their initialisation were simply outstanding. I could not believe that students could attain the level of programming that I saw that day. I was so impressed and thoroughly inspired!
From games, database management apps, communication tools , data and marketing apps, the programs developed by the students showed the incredible I.T. potential of SA’s youth.
I myself am on the path of learning Delphi and have really enjoyed learning how to create code that performs tasks and makes the computer “do something”. It is still early days for me as I still have a long way to go but I can see now, more than ever, how integral and essential the subject of Information Technology is in any school and the lives of its students – not only for present personal and intellectual development but also for future career decisions they have to make.