The SFI-funded WEAVE Project is an exciting two-year collaboration between Dublin City University (DCU), SETU Carlow, the Professional Development Services for Teachers in Ireland (PDST), and Arizona State University (ASU). Over the last two years, the WEAVE Project has worked with teachers and students from nine primary schools across the Dublin and Carlow regions. The project aims to increase student awareness of the different ways that coding, computational thinking, and computer science can be used in our society today. It also encourages the students to develop a critical eye and to question the application of new technologies in our world.

Raising awareness of coding, computational thinking and computer science at a young age is important to help the students develop the type of skills that will be required of them in the 21st century. Throughout the WEAVE Project, teachers and students have worked together to develop resources and activities that will lead to the development of a computational thinking framework for Irish primary schools. The WEAVE Project is a great opportunity to develop coding and computational thinking activities in the context of the school community.

We look forward to chatting about our work at the CESI Conference in Galway this year, where we will have a video presentation of the work done to date. We also look forward to welcoming all nine schools to DCU in June to present their projects at the final showcase.

Students from 6th class in Mary, Help of Christians (Dublin) demonstrate how robotics can help make crossing the road safer for everyone in many different ways!
Teachers partake in hands-on Learning Experiences in the LEGO Studio in DCU as part of the WEAVE Project. Having the opportunity to engage with robotic challenges in a similar manner to what their students will be doing and to reflect on their work forms a key part of the WEAVE Project.
Teachers also spend time exploring the potential of unplugged activities to develop computational thinking skills.

You can follow the project on twitter @weaveproject and for further information contact the project coordinator Jennifer McGarry at

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