Open Day Tilburg location

Fontys School of ICT

Convivial bustle at the Open Day of the Tilburg location, a lot of familiar faces

On Saturday 21 November, the Open Day of Fontys Hogeschool ICT location Tilburg took place. This year in the new building P2n, with a picture of our student Jonique on the facade. Visitors could gather information through talks, workshops and demonstrations. Next to that, they could have a talk with various teachers and students.

The red carpet was rolled out at the entrance of the P2n building, to welcome all the visitors. At the entrance they were given a little bag with information and they were told what there was to see and hear. For instance, at the ground floor there was a general informational talk about the educational programme. This informational talk took about 20 minutes and could be attended at any moment. Often the room was packed with enthusiastic pupils and parents who wanted more information. Additionally there was a special classroom on the ground floor for each of the four main study routes: ICT & Business, ICT & Media Design, ICT & Software Engineering and ICT & Technology. At the room for ICT & Technology, teacher Peter Dingemans was present. He enthusiastically talked about his subject and the new premises in Tilburg. "We have given away 100 bags so far, that is usually equal to the number of reservations in a bit." (this was at 12:00 o'clock. By now we know that in total 134 bags were given away, this number was 120 last year).

On the first floor a room was arranged specifically for the innovation routes. "Especially the ICT & Cyber Security route is very popular", according to teacher Pieter Wels. Student Casper van Zoest explains what this route entails and what it is like to study at the location in Tilburg. "Everybody knows everybody here, it really is small-scale education. This really is a plus point. Lots of familiar faces. In Eindhoven, it's rather massive". Two of the seven innovation routes can be taken in Tilburg: ICT & Education and ICT & Digital Publishing.

The visitors could also actively participate. For instance, they could attend a workshop with "Makey Makey", in which they were introduced to programming in a fun and creative way. A very popular activity. Next to that, visitors could also admire a few projects made by students: those of the P1 event. The winners of the P1 event (Theme Game Design and theme Security) told about their projects with pride. For instance, student Ricky Rekkers talked about the game they invented, shooting small disks with a catapult. "An old game, updated with new technology". Student Frankie van Meel enthusiastically talked about FireAlert. "Imagine a fire breaking out, then our concept helps you to easily find the exit." At the utter end of the hallway on the first floor, Marian Jager gave an informational speech about Student+. She talked about the various tools that are available for students with autism, ADD, ADHD and/or dyslexia.

All in all: a convivial atmosphere with lots of familiar faces at our building in Tilburg.