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13-Year-Old Boy Wins Prestigious Award For His Bus Stop Invention

13-Year-Old Boy Wins Prestigious Award For His Bus Stop Invention

Boy From Blanchardstown Wins Award For His Bus Stop Invention
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Kids of today seem to be able to navigate their way through technology from the moment they are born.
Phones, iPads, tablets and games consoles, there is no one piece of device that young people are not able to use.
For the most part, however, they are just consumers, using technology and devices invented by others - something TechSpace wants to change.
TechSpace is a national movement that aims to change the lives of young people in Ireland.
Managed by Camara Education, TechSpace provides teenagers with access to a space where they can create, invent and inspire while developing STEAM and Digital Creativity skills.
The programme encourages young people, like 13-year-old Mohammad Serajpour, to achieve their full potential through technology, invention and creativity.
To one day become digital creators, inventors and makers, rather than just consumers.
Set up in 2012, TechSpace trains youth workers and educators to teach creative technology activities through youth development principles. 
Focusing on young people in challenging socio-economic situations, TechSpace aims to create a major impact on creative and digital technology education, giving those aged from eight to 18 a chance to learn and discover new skills.
At the end of the year, TechSpace hosts the annual ESB Creative TechFest Awards, where children from all over the country come together to showcase their work and hopefully win an ESB Creative TechFest award.
ESB supports the work of TechSpace and the ESB Creative TechFest through their Generation Tomorrow Steam Programme
Mohammad is one such winner; a young boy from Blanchardstown, he created EcoStop, a solar panel that allows you to charge your phone at a bus stop.
Nearly 300 young people from across Ireland travel to this prestigious event, where creators, inventors and makers take part in workshops such as pinhole photography, coding and VR storytelling.
An important initiative, TechSpace is run by youth services, projects, clubs and as Gaeilge schools throughout Ireland.
Find out more on ESB Creative Tech Fest here.