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Megan Connolly

Tell us about your 'STInt' in industry

It has allowed me to be more confident discussing what I have to offer in terms of STEM during interviews for teaching positions. It has allowed me to gain knowledge on a bank of free STEM resources available for students to use to develop STEM skills. Confidence in recommending these resources to other teachers and explaining how to use them. Given a real life experience of how the skills and concepts explored in the DL specialism are used on a day to day basis and how I can use these skills and concepts in my own career and to develop these amongst my students.

STInt Host

Microsoft Ireland:  2,000 people. 71 different nationalities. One Campus situated in Leopardstown, Dublin. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation to do and achieve more, not just here in Ireland, but right across the world. From software development, program management, service engineering, testing and localisation to operations, finance, HR and sales & marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, our ambition is to help everyone, through the power of technology.

Teaching resources created while at Microsoft

Gamifying the lifecycle of plants with MakeCode Arcade

This resource will support educators in developing a deep understanding of the different stages of a plant during its life cycle by using MakeCode Arcade.

The resources here will assist educators to:

  • Revise previous learning of students regarding the life cycle of a plan
  • Engage students in a new and creative way by gamifying the plant life cycle using MakeCode Arcade
  • Assess students understanding of the content

This resource was developed based on the Irish primary school curriculum. However, the lifecycle of a plant is a common Science topic around the world. As such, educators on here can use these resources and adapt them where appropriate.

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