About the Author – Seamus O’Neill

(Over 50 years in education): Seamus O’Neill has been an imaginative primary teacher for his professional career. Over which time he has been in demand for curriculum-based CPD in Art, Maths and Scratch coding.
Maths & Environment: Seamus was an international award winner for his creative designs from recycled materials, by TetraPak food packaging multinational. TPak published his Carton Craft books.
Select to Reuse: He co-authored the ‘Mathemagic’ programme for the educational publisher, CJ Fallon. Mathemagic (also Mata Draíochta) has been the most popular primary maths text series in Ireland for the past 15 years, used in almost 80% of primary schools. When Mathemagic  was introduced, the two Departments (Education and Environment) as well as County Councils (Meath, Fingal, South Dublin) and Dublin City Council engaged his company to run his project concept Select to Reuse / Sort to Recycle (2002) to support both Maths teaching and Environmental good practice. This project was also supported by Kelloggs and TetraPak.

Maths & Coding: Most recently (2017) the developers of SCRATCH, the MIT Media Lab (Boston) added Seamus’s Ready-Steady-Code component into the world’s top children’s programming language. Scratch has over 30 million users, and the Ready-Steady-Code vector grids have added much extra free functionality to Scratch for K12 teachers worldwide. Since then Seamus has published his teachers’ book ‘SCRATCH with Ready-Steady-Code’. He has also developed SCRATCH+ Ready-Steady-Code children’s Flip-books and support resources (e.g. Magnetic Scratch, Staff-room Mugs in Irish and English) to simplify and add fun to learning Maths with Code at school for all teachers who teach Maths. Seamus established CoderDojo Navan over 6 years ago, but believes code at school should be (and can be) just as much fun and exciting for girls and boys at school as it is in CoderDojo, which is a non-school activity which attracts far less girls than boys.