Cork primary school gets drop in tech bonus

Students Norma Curtin (10) and Sinead O'Neill (10) pictured with Dr Ita Richardson, Principal Investigator with Lero (Image: Lero)

22 July 2015

A primary school in Rockchapel, county Cork, enjoyed an unexpected benefit from a research project at a nearby software firm.

The pupils of Rockchapel Primary School enjoyed the expertise of Dr Ita Richardson, a principal investigator, Lero, who visited each week of a 10 week secondment with ADA-Security.

Dr Richardson was working with the Cork company as part of a Lero project to develop and evaluate a Quality Management System for medical device software that would ultimately be available for use by small companies diversifying into health and medical software development. She made contact with the school and worked with children in third to sixth classes on two technology related activities, which included designing an online shop and a construction engineering project developed by Engineers’ Ireland.

“It is rare indeed that a primary school would have a visiting academic from a national research institute to work with pupils, especially one located in a rural setting,” said Eileen Curtin, principal, Rockchapel Primary School. “Dr Richardson is giving the children a super insight into technology in a fun, creative way.  They have had the opportunity to try out design for software and for construction.”

“The ADA project has the potential to improve software quality within small companies, but I soon discovered that it was also an opportunity to outreach into the local school,” said Dr Richardson.


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