SCRATCH is the exciting and most popular coding language for children. Come to the National Scratch Conference 2017 to find out more, meet other educators and be inspired. The conference is presented by Seamus O’Neill and his team. Seamus is a retired Teacher, Maths author, Designer and IT Tutor, CoderDojo founder/mentor with a passion for Technology in Education stretching back over 30 years. He has developed a unique way in which to link Scratch coding and Maths learning. He calls it READY STEADY CODE.
The National Scratch Conference 2017 builds on the success of the Ready Steady Code “Train the Trainers” events that were held in Navan and Kilkenny Education Centres in March/May 2016. As we expand our horizons, we are grateful to Meath Co. Council and Co. Meath Local Enterprise Office for their generous support of the National Conference. It will be held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath on Tuesday 20th June 2017. In collaboration with Navan Education Centre and our sponsors we are targetting Educators, Trainers, Lecturers, Tutors, Decision makers in the Primary, Secondary and Return-to-education sectors and Local Authority Coordinators of the Creative Ireland Programme (Pillar 1). Attendees do not need to have any background or experience in coding. The goal of this National Conference 2017 is to bring the education community together, taking their laptops with them for a day-long event which will demonstrate how SCRATCH with Ready Steady Code supports Computational Thinking and Coding and how these ideals can be gradually introduced into practice in Schools, Youthreach and Clubs nationwide. Sponsors and supporters are always welcome. More details to follow in May.