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Launch of “CAD for Education”.

26th March 2007

t4, the Technology Subjects Support Service, established by the Department of Education and Science, announced the nominated providers of hardware and software for this programme. SolidWorks, will provide the parametric CAD software; Dell have secured the tender contract to supply up to 4,500 Precision Workstation PCs on which the students will work and Microsoft who will supply Microsoft’s Learning Suite on every Workstation PC, which includes tailored ICT training resources for teachers and students.

Technologies and methodologies including powerful design tools such as CAD will be utilised in the revised and new technology subjects. SolidWorks parametric CAD software will be used in all second level schools providing these subjects. Dell’s Precision Workstation PC’s will be used to facilitate the use of this software in the classroom as an integral part of the day to day experience of the students. Microsoft through NCTE has agreed to lend its experience and expertise to address issues of teacher skills sets and training. It has also donated the Microsoft Learning Suite to the 21 education centres around the country for teacher training.


David Dolan, Sales Manager, Dell, Ireland, Liam Murphy, t4, Seamus Shanahan, CEO, Solid Solutions Ireland , Paul Maloney, Worldwide Education Manager, SolidWorks Corporation, Paddy Keays,National Co-ordinator, t4 and Steven Duggan, Education Manager, Microsoft Ireland at the launch.


Paddy Keays, National Co-ordinator, t4 said, “We are delighted to officially launch the ICT initiative today and welcome increased links between education and industry. The programme represents a very significant advance in the provision of ICT in schools and will ensure that students and teachers of technology subjects have access to resources and facilities on a par with any world leading education systems.”

Lutz Bettels, SolidWorks Business Manager Education Europe said, “SolidWorks is proud to participate in this major ICT initiative of the Republic of Ireland. This initiative seamlessly links education and industry by preparing students for their careers. SolidWorks®’ 3D CAD software, curriculum, and courseware materials, along with the optional student certification program [Certified SolidWorks Associate], will provide students throughout the country with the engineering and product design skills they’ll need professionally.”

Seamus Shanahan, Director Solid Solutions Ireland said, “Solid Solutions Ireland is delighted to be able to supply SolidWorks software and support services to schools through this Department of Education and Science initiative. It is a great opportunity for the engineers of the future to use the same software currently used by the majority of industries in Ireland at present. We look forward to working closely with t4, the Technology Subjects Support Service, over the next number of years.”

David Dolan, Dell Ireland noted, “Dell is delighted to have been able to offer schools through the Department of Education and Science an option that meets all its needs in rolling out technology to schools in the Department’s first every centralised procurement process for schools. Standardisation of technology across education is very important to ensure that students are working on a level playing field as technology is rolled out across more and more subjects in the curriculum.”

Steven Duggan, Education Manager, Microsoft Ireland commented, “Our students are the country’s the most important asset for the future. Given the growing importance of the knowledge economy, it’s essential that we equip our children with the expertise they’ll need for the future. This agreement, with t4 and the NCTE, will provide students with the Microsoft Learning Suite which gives them access to the very latest computer tools. We are also working on building a training curriculum for the teachers, helping to create a standard for Irish schools."

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Limerick Institute of Technology hosts 2 day event on the FESTO Meclab Stacking
Station for Engineering Technology and Technology students.


New JC & LC Technology Books

Golden Key Publishers, who published “Technology for Leaving Certificate” in 2015 have informed us that “Technology for Junior Certificate” by Paul Enright will be available in August 2016 .


RTE Insider Robots 2015

The 2015 EA Robot Games Tournament as featured on the RTE Science show 'Insiders'.


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a flipped learning approach in a Tech Graphics class.


DCG Resource

A PowerPoint presentation with animations "Descriptive Geometry of Lines & Planes". This resource was developed for T4.


EA Robot Games 2016

Friday the 20th May 2016 in Dublin Castle. This year event should be even better than ever with support and sponsorship from EA Games


New Technology Book

Golden Key Educational Publishing have informed us that the new book "Technology for Leaving Certificate" by Gráinne Enright is now available.


Student Assignment Book
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This booklet offers guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment


Engineering Projects Book

These booklets offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project: Manufacture/Design.


Photo's of DCG Rooms

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


Technology Room

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


Teacher Registration

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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.