Cornelia Connolly: Computer Science Specification Design for Irish Post Primary Education @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

09/20/2018 10:45 am – 09/20/2018 11:45 am
The NYU dolcelab and CREATE present
Computer Science Specification Design for Irish Post Primary Education  
Dr. Cornelia Connolly  
School of Education, National University of Ireland Galway
Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:45-11:45am
NYU CREATE Lab, 8th Floor
196 Mercer St., New York NY 10012.
Open to the public; use entrance labelled “Noho Building”
Computer Science has been introduced to schools this month, for the first time ever in Ireland. The introduction of the subject is part of the Irish Government’s overall commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and to ensure the future prosperity of the country. The discipline of Computer Science makes the use of computers possible and supports innovation in all industries and sectors of society and this subject specification very much embeds this along with the integration of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) specified key skills and 21st century competencies. Given its essential role in the provision of quality learning for all young people in articulating and supporting education, Computer Science is of paramount importance and crucial to the realization of the Department of Education and Science STEM Education in the Irish School System report (DES, 2016). This presentation will describe the context and government commitment to the subject introduction. The Computer Science specification design and development process will be presented along with an overview of the subject specification.
Dr Cornelia Connolly is a lecturer at the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her teaching and research interests centre principally on STEM education, with a particular emphasis on the Technology (T) aspect of STEM.  Graduating with a degree in computer engineering and after studying for a masters in engineering, through research in telecommunications, Cornelia completed a PhD in computing education at the University of Limerick.
Her research interests are in innovative pedagogical approaches to STEM education, student retention and numerical competency. Cornelia leads a Google funded project titled “Creative Coding for Maths Makers”, a project integrating mathematical and computer programming concepts, with a specific focus on promoting STEM amongst student teachers.