Originally Posted by nager
Our 11 year old has been going for the past two years to DCU.
For th first time they now have classes/courses in UCC Cork, Athlone IT, Dun Laoghaire, NUIG (Galway) Letterkenny (LYIT), Limerick (LIT), Sligo (SIT), Tralee (ITT) Wexford (Carlow IT Campus) so you might not have as big a commute as you think.
For our young lad - it changed his life. The courses are progressed at a 'great rate' - according to him ie. they are not revising & redoing things like school. He loves it and makes great friends each time he goes. It challenges him and he loves this.
If your child has the chance to go - I would highly recommend it.
The OP is probably talking about the 12 to 17 summer programme which only runs in DCU. The 6 to 12 programmes run in different locations and have done for many years.
Besides CTYI there is also the CAT programme which takes people who have scored between the 85th and 95th percentile in the test, this runs parallel to the CTYI programme during the summer and lasts only 2 weeks instead of 3 and is typically very similar to CTYI. There's a lot of interaction between CAT students and CTYI students during those 2 weeks.
I'd agree with the previous post though, if they get a chance then go. That said, don't force them if they definitely don't want to go (though try figure if it's just apprehensiveness).
Also, commuters will generally get on fine, especially if they're staying with someone living close by so time isn't too much of an issue. It'd be advisable for him to hang around a bit during social times but this can sometimes be awkward (bus/collection/travel times etc).
Best of luck anyway.