The PACT team at Maynooth University Department of Computer Science develops resources and supports to allow teachers to teach topics in computer science at both primary and secondary school.
We specialise in computational thinking resources and supports. Computational thinking is a set of problem solving skills that computer scientists use when they do their everyday work. It intersects with all STEM fields because computational solutions have proven to be useful in many scientific fields.
Our PACT team in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University have been training teachers in how to teach computational thinking skills since 2012. We have engaged over 100 teachers and 10,000 students in computational thinking activities, with funding from Maynooth University Department of Computer Science, the Google CS4HS programme, and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
With SFI Discover funding 2019-2022, we are able to expand these efforts.
News: We have developed a TY module on computational thinking for transition year teachers (more details in the teacher resources section). Also, see our seasonal teacher resources (tasks for Christmas are our latest additions). More teacher workshops will be announced in 2022. We were delighted to contribute in a small way to another exciting National Bebras Challenge (bebras.techweek.ie) during November 2021 -- Teachers, if your classes participated stay tuned for updates from the organisers, the Irish Computer Society.