Childcare @ #cong16


Weekends are a special time and rather than have Congregation compete with spending time with your children we offering FREE childcare workshops on Saturday 26th November of #cong16.

We also believe that while you are taking your mind off for a gallop that your children should also be having a blast, so we have arranged for a day of workshops for them in the brand new Crossroads Community Centre, a few minutes walk from all the action in Cong Village.

The workshops are designed for children from 6 upwards where they will work in teams to make robots from Lego and discover the magic of basic electronic circuitry.

Full detail of the workshops is below.

colmac robotics

The schedule for childcare is.

9.15am Sign in children Freetime, snacks and fruit

10am-12pm Robotics Workshop with  Colmac Robotics.

12.30-2pm Movie and lunch


2pm-4pm MaKey MaKey Workshop.

4pm-5pm Free time, games, movie and snacks/popcorn

5.00pm Pick up time

About the Workshops:

Fun with Circuits

Problem Solving skills are as important as technical skills in a knowledge economy.  How you tackle a problem and break it down can be the difference between coming up with a useful solution or not.  In this workshop we will focus as much on problem solving as we will on the technologies.  


At the heart of this workshop will be a focus on circuits from the most basic through to more complex ones.  We’ll be making and, more importantly, breaking circuits to get an understanding of how they really work.  Hacking at it’s best! Add code breaking, Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits into the mix and you’re guaranteed a workshop full of challenges, learning and lots of fun :)   

Now for some definitions : 

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between: The kit will include everything you see above: MaKey MaKey, Alligator Clips, USB Cable.


The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries.

Fun, learning & making :)  


As an Educational Technologist with extensive experience in working with teachers, on an individual and on a whole school basis, Hassan Dabbagh enables teachers to get the best from the technology they have available to them, by eliminating the ICT issues that impede the use of technology in a school setting. With a background in eLearning and a wide-ranging portfolio of experience in the area of educational technology he has worked with both primary and post primary schools to facilitate the authentic integration of technology into the school setting. 

Pam O’Brien is a Maths and Computer Science lecturer in the Limerick Institute of Technology.  She is passionate about inspiring students to develop a love and understanding of Maths principles in the world around them.  The integration of technology in education is a key driving force and is an area to which she devotes a significant effort.  She organises the ICT in Education conference (, an annual event which provides an opportunity for educators to share ideas for the integration of technology in teaching and learning.  She has been a CoderDojo mentor for the past 5 years.  

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