Formed in 2014, this focus on research in computational thinking aims to contribute to knowledge in the area and will attempt to develop an interdisciplinary group of active researchers and other interested parties.


These aims are in the context of teaching and learning related to computational thinking at all levels of education and in informal and workplace learning.
  1. identify the knowledge (facts, skills, mental models, strategies and dispositions) to be developed;
  2. find out the diversity and range of developmental path(s) of this knowledge;
  3. develop new tools and approaches for designing solutions, informed by this evidence;
  4. write new resources to support teaching and learning;
  5. innovate practice for learners and teachers/mentors;
  6. advise policy;
  7. apply to continuing professional development.


The specific tasks and activities that the group will tackle this year.

In 2015:

  1. develop the research group through regular meeting and collaboration at events;
  2. identify and characterise research areas to pursue;
  3. build networks with other potential global collaborators and disciplines;
  4. prepare funding proposals to pursue the research;
  5. present early work at key conferences and events;
  6. support the Bridge21 research focus in CRITE.

In 2016:

  1. continue development, pursue collaboration built with H2020 bid consortium;
  2. carry out successfully funded projects - currently CS4HS funded by Google;
  3. continue presentations after successful events in 2015 at Scratch, Bera and Dojocon;
  4. continue support for Bridge21.


The focus invites a wide range of researchers, educational practitioners and folk from industry to contribute.

Based in the Centre for Research in Information Technology in Education (CRITE), the research focus is led by Richard Millwood and Nina Bresnihan building on the capacity in the Schools of Computer Science & Statistics and Education at Trinity College Dublin.

Others involved include:

  • Ciaran Bauer, Bridge21
  • Jake Byrne, Bridge21
  • Claire Conneely, Google
  • James Crook, Trinity College
  • Ann Devitt, Trinity College
  • Lorraine Fisher, Trinity College
  • Laura Ivers, CoderDojo
  • Elizabeth Oldham, Trinity College
  • Arlene O’Neill, Trinity College
  • Glenn Strong, Trinity College
  • Brendan Tangney, Trinity College