Intel hosts Junior Cycle teachers for short course primer

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Pictured: The first group of 50 teachers who will teach the subject at Junior Cycle level

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8 February 2016 | 0

Over 50 Junior Cycle teachers, who will be among the first to teach the short course in coding, spent a day exploring the subject at the Intel Ireland Campus in Leixlip last weekend. The training day and donation are part of a collaborative initiative between Intel Ireland, Lero – The Irish Software Research Centre – and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT).

The 19 schools participating in this initiative were chosen from over 120 entries from post-primary schools nationwide, with participating teachers receiving two days of initial training, and further online and regional support.

Intel has also made a donation of 900 Galileo Gen 2 Boards and teacher kits to the 19 post-primary schools.

The project is designed to support schools and teachers in exploring the Coding short course now available under the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015.

Students will engage in technology and design-related activities with the use of these state-of the-art resources.

“This donation will support schools in this innovative and exciting Coding project, which we hope will produce Ireland’s innovators of the future,” said Paul Phelan, public affairs operations manager, Intel. “These digital skills are vital if Ireland, and indeed Europe, is to address the coding skills shortage which has led to in excess of 500,000 open job postings across the continent in 2015.”

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