Lero project helps Cork primary school students develop engineering skills
22 July 2015
An €85,000 project between Lero and ADA-Security to develop and evaluate a quality management system for medical device software will afford students of Rockchapel Primary School, Co Cork, the opportunity to develop engineering and design skills.
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, is one of seven new industry-academia partnerships worth in total €480,000, which was awarded through the SFI Industry Fellowship Programme.
For the duration of the project, Dr Ita Richardson of Lero is researching with ADA-Security management to develop and evaluate a quality management system which will be available for use within other small companies who are diversifying into health and medical software development.
During her time in ADA, Dr Richardson found herself in close proximity to the local two-teacher primary school.
She made contact with the school and visited it once a week for 10 weeks to work with children in 3rd to 6th class on two technology-related activities. This included designing an online shop and a construction engineering project developed by Engineers Ireland.
“It is rare indeed that a primary school would have a visiting academic from a national research institute to work with pupils,” said Eileen Curtin, principal, Rockchapel Primary School.
“Dr Richardson is giving the children a super insight into technology in a fun, creative way. They have had the opportunity to try out design for software and for construction.”
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