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Minister for Education and Skills announces €7m in grants to 450 post-primary schools to support implementation of DCG programme .

New Computers & CAD software for DCG Rooms

Announcing the grants, Minister O’Sullivan said: “My Department recognises the importance of DCG as it directly contributes to the key skills required in Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. It incorporates principles of science, materials, manufacture, design, technology and information technology”.

Following a public procurement competition, a contract for CAD Software for Schools was awarded to Solid Solutions Ireland, the national reseller of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation 3D Software, SOLIDWORKS, for the next six years. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) purchased this software directly following a procurement process involving representatives from the DES and various partner bodies. “SOLIDWORKS is a worldwide industry leader in parametric CAD software and today’s announcement will ensure that Irish students will remain at the cutting edge of design technology.” The drawdown facility for computers has been put in place by the procurement committee with the support of the Office of Government Procurement. The computers are specially customised and tested to meet the demands of running SOLIDWORKS in a classroom environment. Fujitsu Ireland, with its partners Smart Schools and Total Import Solutions, are supplying the Desktop computers. The Notebook Computers are being supplied by PC Peripherals. 

The Minister said: “DCG continues to grow in schools. In 2012, 5,319 candidates sat the Leaving Certificate Examination, with the predicted 2015 figure standing at 5,705. The allocated funding has been increased accordingly and will ensure that this important subject continues to go from strength to strength. Letters are being issued to schools detailing the amount of money being allocated.

A professional development programme for the new CAD software is currently being formulated by the Professional Development Service for Teachers for autumn 2015, and details will be sent to schools. The first phase of support will involve online tutorials and supporting web resources. Phase two will include national workshops.

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Creating & Programming a Mini Sumo Robot

Online Video Workshop

Visit our online workshop to view a series of video tutorials covering the contents of a one day (6 hour) T4 professional development workshop demonstrating how to build, programme and control a Mini Sumo Robot.

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2015 Robot Games Ireland Tournament. .....

The Robot Games Tournament (previously the Irish Junior Mini Sumo Tournament) will take place in The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway on Friday the 1st May 2015.

Online registration is now closed and we have reached the following numbers:

  • Number of schools competing: 22
  • Number of Mini Sumo entered: 109
  • Number of Line Followers entered: 30
  • Number of students attending: 417

A production crew from RTE will be following the event (for an RTÉ Young Peoples science and entertainment show, to be broadcast in the autumn)

Time Event
Judges/Volunteers Induction
Robot Registration desk opens
Opening Ceremony
Robot Design & Programming judging begins
Mini Sumo & Line Follower tournaments begin
Mini Sumo & Line Follower tournaments contd.
Line Follower Finals
Mini Sumo Semi Final
Mini Sumo Final
Awards Ceremony
Tournament Finishes

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2015 Technology Subjects - National Seminar

Resources will be available shortly

This year the focus is on Cloud Computing, Cloud Software & resources available to support and enhance teaching & learning in the classroom/workshop and will take place in Portlaoise College, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois on Saturday the 21st March 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The seminar will afford teachers an opportunity to take part in practical workshops on the following:

  • Using cloud software to engage & assess students’ progress.
  • Using Goggle Doc’s & Flubaroo to create self-correcting homework & revision tests.
  • Introduction to Office 365 for Education.  
  • Managing online storage, uploading files & folders, hyperlinking, sharing online content.
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Entrepreneurial & Design Skills on show in Doon. .....

Click on the link below to view a series of short videos demonstrating the range of design and I.T. skills displayed by students studying Technology in Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa in Doon.  See a Robotic-Hand being controlled by external human hand movements, a Baggage System that identifies and sorts components by colour and an automatic Farmyard Cleaning System.

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DCG Book - "Guide to the Student Assignment" ......

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This booklet offers guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment by drawing on the knowledge, experience and wisdom gained from the development of the student assignment to date.  Printed booklets may now be ordered by schools.

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A Guide to the Engineering Technology Project. .....

The purpose of these booklets is to offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project: Manufacture/Design.

Copies of these publications are available to purchase from the Galway Education Centre.

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Source: https://www.examinations.ie


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A further 6 Activity Sheets have been developed for the PDST for use by teachers and students of the Technology Subjects.  They compliment the current 6 worksheets available since 2013 and bring the total number now available for teachers to 12.  The Activity Sheets vary in difficulty and are designed to aid students in their progression through Junior Cycle.  Each exercise has a number of activities which enable the student to combine theoretical elements with hands on practical experience. There is no set order to the projects and teachers are free to choose when to include in their subject plans. Each Activity Sheet includes elements of::

  • Setting goals and learning objectives.
  • Practical project work.
  • Working drawings in 2D and 3D format coupled with Bill of Materials.
  • Associated theoretical content.
  • Design activities.
  • Cross curricular links.
  • Literacy and Numeracy based activities.
  • A logical sequence toward completion.
  • Critical reflection & evaluation.

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Technical Graphics Resources. ....
PowerPoint Presentations which could be used as an introduction to Technical Graphics or as a tester course for new 1st year students.  Worksheets are provided to compliment the PowerPoint presentations.  The full PowerPoint presentation includes a brief overview of Technical Graphics and could possibly be set up for display at information nights or open days.  

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New Technology Book

Golden Key Educational Publishing have informed us that a new book "Technology for Leaving Certificate" by Gráinne Enright, will be available from August 2015


Photo's of DCG Rooms

Sample layout of desk design & DCG room layout from various schools.


edTech Portal

Have you signed up for the edTech Portal? Join the community of teachers of Technology subjects? Share resources, post comments, seek help from colleagues, watch videos and much more.


Technology Room

See a panoramic view of the Technology Room in Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa, Doon, Co. Limerick


Teacher Registration

Would you like us to contact you when new courses or resources become available?  If yes, then select the registration option under the Teacher menu.


Construction Technology

Gill & Macmillan have informed us that Trevor Hickey’s new book, CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Designing Sustainable Homes is now available to purchase.


Winning Video

Click the link below to view the winning entry in the Film Makers section of the 2014 Irish Junior Mini Sumo Robot Tournament organised by Robotics Ireland in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland and PDST.

The video was made by Cian Ruane and Shane Mc Cormick, both 5th Yr students in St. Gerald's College, Castlebar.


Sample Project

Sample1st Year Technology workshop project. The format and layout is based on the style of the PDST Activity Sheets. This resource is provided by Shane Comisky, Adamstown Community School.


Mini Sumo Robot

CPD Workshop notes and resources are now available under the "Events" menu option.

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