The introduction of computer coding courses for secondary schools has received a boost following the announcement of a collaborative initiative between Intel Ireland, Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre – and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) which was launched last week in the University of Limerick.
The project is designed to support schools and teachers in exploring the coding short course now available under the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015.
Intel Ireland has donated 900 Galileo Gen 2 Boards and teacher kits to a cohort of 19 post-primary schools. Students will engage in technology and design-related activities with the use of these resources within this 12 month project.
“We are delighted to support schools in this innovative and exciting coding project. It will give students an insight into technology, and allow the development of both logical and digital skills in a fun, collaborative, and innovative learning environment,” said Paul Phelan, Public Affairs Operations Manager, Intel at the launch.
Tailored training and online support will be provided to teachers by the JCT Support Service, with the support of Lero and Intel.
Clare McInerney, who is Education and Outreach Manager in Lero said, “This project will allow students to see how interesting and creative a career in computing can be. This initiative will enable students to make informed choices about their future studies in the field of computing.“
The 19 schools for this initiative were chosen from over 120 entries from post-primary schools from all sectors, and participating teachers will receive two days of initial training, and further online and regional support.
Further information on this initiative can be found at the JCT website www.jct.ie
About Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre
Lero (www.lero.ie) is a global leader in software research. It combines the best in Irish software talent by bringing together researchers from Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick. It is funded by Science Foundation Ireland as well as by contracts from Irish and international technology corporations.