A STEAM Education approach to Computer Science

Presented by: Kate Delaney and Benjamin Cochain

This workshop will show how creativity and a STEAM education approach can engage students in Computer Science curriculum content. This cross-disciplinary approach inspired by maker methods of experimentation and project-orientated tasks draws the best out of students and motivates them to self-direct their learning. Participants will be introduced to basic coding concepts through music-making using Sonic Pi.

Kate will be joined in this workshop by teacher members of our Makers In Schools project funded by the Dept of Education, Schools Excellence Fund. They will share their experience of incorporating STEAM and maker methods into their teaching practice, citing both the challenges and opportunities it has presented to them over the course of the project.

Presenter Biography:

Make Create Innovate works with educators to develop and deliver bespoke creative technology workshops in schools and other community spaces for learning, creativity and innovation. These spaces have included Fingal Libraries, The Ark, University College Dublin, The Chester Beatty Library, ENgineers Ireland, The Design and Craft Centre of Ireland, Innovation Academy and the National Museums of Ireland. This work has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland (2016), Erasmus+ (2016) and The Department of Education and Skills (2018-2020).