LERO AND INTEL HELP JUNIOR CYCLE STUDENTS EXPLORE CODING

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Secondary Schools Receive Digital Boost

The introduction of computer coding courses for secondary schools has received a boost following the announcement of a collaborative initiative between Intel Ireland and LERO.

Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre – and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) 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. 
Speaking at the launch, Paul Phelan, Public Affairs Operations Manager at Intel said: “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.”
 
Tailored training and online support will be provided to teachers by the JCT Support Service, with the support of Lero and Intel.
 
Clare McInerney, Education and Outreach Manager at 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.
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