The aim of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET) Education and Outreach Programme at Lero is to increase awareness and encourage interest in software engineering and computing in the education sector in Ireland.
Science Foundation Ireland funds the Lero Education and Outreach Programme. The Irish Computer Society sponsors and supports the Scratch programme. Other partners include IT Tallaght, IT Sligo and CIO Ireland. The Scratch teaching materials are supported by the TY support service and have been developed under the guidelines of NCCA Transition Unit framework.
Secondary Teacher Assistant Researchers (STARs) award ceremony: From left: Junior Minister for Science, Technology and Enterprise, Dr. Jimmy Devins, Muirean O’Brien (Carrigaline Community School) and Clare McInerney, Education and Outreach Officer, Lero
Pictured at the recent launch at Lero, in the University of Limerick are (l-r) Ms. Clare McInerney, Education and Outreach Officer, Mr. Pat Horan, Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School, Athlone, Mr. Brendan O’ Sullivan, Castletroy College, Co. Limerick, Dr. Kevin Ryan, Lero Centre Director and Ms. Muireann O’ Brien, Carrigaline Community School, Co. Cork.
After the 2008-2009 pilot in 5 second-level schools, teachers involved were asked for their feedback on the teaching materials. Their comments and suggestions were incorporated into an updated version ready for national release September 2009. We were lucky once again to have Muireann O’ Brien and Brendan O’ Sullivan working with us at Lero during the summer of 2009 by. At this point, the Irish Computer Society became involved in the Scratch project and have supported the project in schools nationally.
Clare McInerney, October 2010.