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Bridge21 Report 2016-17

Bridge21 Report 2016-17

Want to know what we’ve been up to the last year? Check out our 2016-2017 annual report here: Bridge21 Report 2016-17

Invent Week Publication

Invent Week Publication

Last summer 20 students from the CS-TY and CodePlus Programmes returned for an advanced workshop which built on their prior CodePlus and CS-TY experiences by focusing on future technological trends such as Wearable Technology, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Home Automation. The students took part in a four day “hackathon” where each team had […]

Language Learning 2016/17

Language Learning 2016/17

The Bridge21 language learning programme completed its activities this May with an exciting visit to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Transition Year students from St. Josephs Secondary School, in Rush Co. Dublin, teamed up once again with students from Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium based in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Both sets of students are studying English and German, respectively, as a second language. As in […]


TfT 2016/17

TfT 2016/17

The Erasmus+ Teaching for Tomorrow project (2015-18), led by the Bridge21 team, continues to have an outstanding period of collaborative workshops and an active and vibrant on-line community of practice within the teacher group. In April last year, we facilitated an introductory Bridge21 workshop for sixteen teachers from our partner schools (St Joseph’s Rush, Herman-Nohl-Schule, […]

Erasmus+: Teaching for Tomorrow

Erasmus+: Teaching for Tomorrow

Following on from our very successful introductory workshop here in Bridge21, the Teaching for Tomorrow (TfT) partners our heading to Stenungsund, Sweden. This Erasmus+ project involves sixteen teachers from Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Estonia building a community of practice to promote the use of 21st century skills in classrooms using the Bridge21 learning methodology. Teachers […]

CodePlus Graduation 2016

CodePlus Graduation 2016

Three hundred and fifty secondary school girls showcase the computer coding skills they have recently learned to solve real-world problems, create computer games and develop apps before they graduate from the CodePlus Programme at a special event at Trinity College Dublin on the 6th May. The Bridge21 CodePlus Programme is pilot initiative supported by ICS Foundation, the charitable outreach […]


Bridge21 workshops in Cambodia

Bridge21 workshops in Cambodia

We are happy to report on our first ever Cambodian student/teacher workshops in association with PEPY, a locally run, educational, non-governmental organisation. Ciarán spent nearly three weeks collaborating with a wonderful group of staff and students promoting 21st century teaching and learning in action. Check out with PEPY  here    

CodePlus Graduation

CodePlus Graduation

Ninety secondary school girls showcased their new-found computer coding skills as they graduated from the CodePlus Programme on Thursday 7th May at Trinity College Dublin. The Bridge21 CodePlus Programme is a new pilot initiative supported by ICS Skills, which aims to interest post-primary girls in computer programming and boost the number of women engaging with […]

CFES: Leadership Through Service (Part 2)

CFES: Leadership Through Service (Part 2)

In preparation for planning and managing their Leadership Through Service projects this term, Bridge21 was delighted to welcome back students from  the 11 CFES schools for a second workshop. Over the past few months, the students had spent some time considering what school or community projects they would like to explore, these included school fitness […]


Leadership Through Service (CFES)

Leadership Through Service (CFES)

“The skills we learnt today are vital for becoming a leader, these skills are the foundation of leadership. As we improve we build on that foundation creating something better, a skilful leader.” That was the view one student following a Leadership Through Service training workshop here in Bridge21. Leadership Through Service is one pillar of […]

Stepping Up!

Stepping Up!

This summer, two of our mentors took a step up to run their own workshop in Bridge21. As part of the TAP Summer School, Bridge21 runs a 5 day course in “Animation and Game Design”. The module is really an introduction to computer programming using the Scratch programming language so it is a fun but […]

Bridge21 2013/14

Bridge21 2013/14

2013/14 has been another fantastic year for Bridge21. We’ve worked with more students and teachers than ever before and we’re ready to launch a major new initiative in 2014/15. 1,400+ students More than 1,400 students took part in our diverse range of programmes since August 2013. Almost 800 1st year students from 15 schools took […]


Moving Education @ Bridge21

Moving Education @ Bridge21

Recently, our friends from Moving Education ran a one-day session in Bridge21 during which some Bridge21 students got to think about standing, sitting and moving influences how they work and learn, to try out some innovative furniture which has been designed specifically for education and to come up with some ideas of their own for […]

A real opportunity to do history!

A real opportunity to do history!

The Junior Cert history curriculum is over-loaded and the proposed Junior Cycle reforms represent an opportunity for students to engage with history in a more active and meaningful way. Our friend and colleague Dr Danielle O’Donovan has helped us run some brilliant history activities recently and she has written a piece for the Irish Times […]

Call to Code - Google Competition

Call to Code – Google Competition

Google is looking for tomorrow’s coders, and you can help! Introducing Call to Code, a Google sponsored coding competition open to all students ages 13-18 in the Republic of Ireland. Students compete in this online competition for a chance to qualify for the Final Round. Winners of Round One will go to the Google Dublin […]


Computing Workshops For Teachers

Computing Workshops For Teachers

Please note that this information is now out of date, for the latest please go to the Computing Workshop page. Bridge21 are proud to roll out several innovative computing workshops for teachers and educators, these will be delivered to those interested across Ireland over the next 3 years (see below for workshop descriptions). This is […]

Bridge21 makes Nominet Trust 100

Bridge21 makes Nominet Trust 100

The Nominet Trust supports projects that use technology to address a range of complex social challenges. The Nt100 is a list of 100 such projects. It’s a diverse and inspiring collection of projects covering areas such as health, education, information and finance. Some projects, such as Scratch and Raspberry Pi are very familiar to us […]

Trinity College launches Computer Science Initiative for the 21st Century Classroom

Trinity College launches Computer Science Initiative for the 21st Century Classroom

Google supports next generation of technology leaders Trinity College Dublin today announced a three year partnership with Google to develop a new project aimed at transforming computer science in Irish schools.  Google is undertaking the partnership to mark 10 years in Ireland and will provide €1.5million in funding to the ground-breaking transformative project. The partnership […]


On the radio

On the radio

Dublin City FM’s Inside Education Programme did a feature on Bridge21 over the weekend. Presenter Sean Delaney spoke to Ciarán and Kevin and two students, Evelyn and Orlagh from Colaiste Bríde. Have a listen…. http://insideeducation.podbean.com/2013/05/26/protramme-177-a-profile-of-bridge-21-26-5-13/

B2C Graduation 2013

B2C Graduation 2013

220 excited and happy students participated in the Bridge to College graduation ceremony on Wednesday morning in the Old Dining Hall here in Trinity College.  Along with teachers, parents and representatives from TCD, they came together to recognise and celebrate their great work and achievements at Bridge21 throughout the past year. Our esteemed guest, Professor […]

Learning Circles 2013

Learning Circles 2013

Over the past two weeks, 52 Transition Year students have taken part in our Learning Circles workshops. This activity involved learning Leaving Certificate material without a teacher, and then creating learning experiences for your peers. Initially, each team discussed and presented about how they like to learn. This included learning experiences they enjoyed both in […]


An Exploration of Bridge21 in the Classroom: Case Study Report for NCCA

An Exploration of Bridge21 in the Classroom: Case Study Report for NCCA

Last year we engaged in an exciting initiative with teachers and pupils in 8 schools around Ireland, as they brought the Bridge21 model of 21st century (21C) learning to life in their classrooms. At a time when many schools were beginning to think and talk about what Junior Cycle 2.0 might look like, our School […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We would like to wish a very merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of the students, teachers, mentors, supporters and friends of the programme that made 2012 such a great year for Bridge21. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA4GmGtPIF8[/youtube] See you in 2013 folks!

Bridge21 Overview Video

Bridge21 Overview Video

Another video on Bridge21 from the excellent One Productions. This is one is an overview of what we do and how we do it. Enjoy! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOJt4qK34Gk&feature=plcp[/youtube]