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PACT: An initiative to introduce Computational Thinking in to second level education

Author Aidan Mooney, Joseph Duffin, Thomas Naughton, Rosemary Monahan, James Power and Phil Maguire
Abstract PACT (Programming Algorithms Computational Thinking) is a partnership between researchers in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University and teachers at selected post-primary schools around Ireland. Starting in September 2013, seven Irish secondary schools took part in a pilot study, delivering material prepared by the PACT team to Transition Year students. Three areas of Computer Science were identified as being key to delivering a successful course in computational thinking, namely, programming, algorithms and computability. An overview of the PACT module is provided, as well as analysis of the feedback obtained from students and teachers involved in delivering the initial pilot.
Keywords Computational Thinking, Transition Year, Computer Programming, Algorithms, Computability.
Published In ICEP Proceedings
Year 2014
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