Science Foundation Irelands discover weave project

by Rachel Cunningham
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Students from Mary, Help of Christians Girls National School in Ashtown came up with a novel solution to the current problem of Phoenix Park’s historic gates being too narrow for Dublin buses to travel through.

The Dubliners did so thanks to Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Weave Project, a collaborative project working with a wide variety of members, including DCU, IT Carlow, Arizona State University, the PDST (Professional Development Services for Teachers) and several primary schools in the Dublin and Carlow areas. 

Over the last year, teachers and students involved with the initiative have honed their computational thinking skills to identify local problems and design useful solutions. The solutions were then illustrated into ‘Scratch’ animations by the students, enabling them to express their thoughts and educate viewers on the local problem under investigation. 

Scratch is a block-based coding language and students created wonderful illustrations and interactive animations. At the end of Year One, students presented their wonderful designs and robotics at a showcase event at St. Patrick’s Campus in DCU, Dublin. 

As Year Two begins, the SFI Discover Weave team want to say a huge thank you to all the students and teachers for their dedication and hard work that went into making Year One a success.

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