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 Halloween are our latest additions). Our teacher workshops will resume during October/November 2021. Teachers, don't forget to sign your class(es) up for free for the Bebras Challenge at bebras.techweek.ie before it takes place this year during 8th-26th November 2021.