The ICS Foundation facilitates students to learn efficiently through the appropriate and selective use of technology. We foster creativity and entrepreneurship among students through STEM initiatives. We assist teachers to deliver excellence instruction by the use of technology enabled teaching and learning strategies.
The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 30 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.
Bebras® consists of fun and engaging short questions. It teaches participants that computational thinking is an integral part of solving problems in daily life. Bebras® delivers different challenges, aimed at different age groups, for both primary and secondary students.
Try the practice challenge or find out more at: https://bebras.techweek.ie/
Tech Week, organised by the ICS, is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public.
Tech Week is designed to inspire students to engage actively with STEM subjects, and also to educate all citizens – of every age group and background – about the challenges and rewards of our fast-changing technological society
Over 100,000 participants from around Ireland took part in Tech Week 2016. The culmination was a grand finale held at The RDS, attended by more than 600 people, including students, scouts, members of the public and government officials.
In its fourth year, Tech Week 2017 promises to be just as exciting!
Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share their creations on the web.
The ICS Foundation runs Ireland’s National Scratch Competition, which has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators.
The ICS Computing Curriculum for second-level students formalises as well as enhances and augments the good work being done in this area by many schools. In this modular curriculum for Junior Cycle, students express their creativity through multimedia, are introduced to the basics of computing programming and computational thinking and use microcontrollers such as the Raspberry Pi, Ardiuno and Genie Boards in a range of projects. The ICS Skills Computing Curriculum is complementary to programmes like ECDL, which aim to teach basic digital literacy to all students.
CLISTE is a digital skills programme designed specifically for the Irish primary classroom.
CLISTE (Computer Literacy and Internet Skills Through Education) consists of lesson plans, resources and support to help teachers teach technology while achieving objectives in other curricular areas. The teaching of ICT skills is embedded in pupil learning so that they are exposed to computer science in a fun and creative way.