Our educational programme focuses on developing a technical pipeline by educating the next generation of software students and professionals. We support schools, teachers and students interested in computing as follows:

Scratch Programme

  • Materials freely available on scratch.ie for primary and post-primary students.
  • Working with the Proffesional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) we have designed and delivered Scratch training to teachers through the national education centre network.
  • Lero founded the Scratch competition in 2010. See the Irish Scratch website and the Irish Computer Society Scratch website for details on the Scratch competition.

 

Junior Cycle Short Course

Computing Camps

  • Lero was awarded a GoogleRISE Award in 2015 and ran summer computing camps for girls during the summer of 2015. Watch the 2015 Video.
  • Lero has been involved in the UL Cybercamp since 2009. During the summer months we invite second-level students on campus to give them a computing experience.

Computer Science at Leaving Certificate

A new Computer Science Leaving Certificate subject was introduced in September 2018 for a selected group of 40 schools. As part of this ‘Phase 1’ roll-out, teachers from the participating schools embarked on a Professional Development (PD) programme which commenced in the Spring of 2018. The programme, provided by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), aimed to support the teachers’ professional development throughout the introduction of the subject into schools. Lero was successful in applying for SFI Discover Funding in 2018 to track the development of the teachers’ progress during the first two years of the subject roll-out.