Tara McCarthy of St Angela’s College, Cork; Maedbh Heaney, Scoil Mhuire, Cork; Gillian Keating of Cork Chamber; and Saoirse Terry of Coachford College, Cork, at the launch of the I Wish events in Cork on February 12th, promoting Stem careers to girls and women. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Science, technology, engineering and maths (collectively known as Stem) has a women problem. These areas have always attracted and retained more bo(...)

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‘Why is the sky blue?’ Have you ever had that question thrown at you from the back of the car? Could you answer it with confidence? Questions like (...)

Leaving Certificate students Seán O’Callaghan, Mark Ryan, Manav T Manoj, Clinton Byrne, Lauren Vickers, Orla Yeates and Rory O’Carroll at Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Nerves were jangling but by no means shredded in Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, the school which featured this year’s The Irish Times Leaving Cert diarist(...)

Drawing from early Christian art right up to graphic design, the Leaving Certificate art paper presented students with a ‘thought-provoking’ range of (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Sent back to her old job by the CSPE exam.

A mix of wordy and nonwordy questions were laid out for Junior Certs yesterday in the second year of a Maths Paper II exam drawn from the new Project (...)

Spain’s Fernando Torres celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2010 World Cup final. The tournament was one topic students were able to work with.  Photograph: Inpho

In what has been described as the easiest higher level Irish exam in years, teachers are making comparisons with the Junior Cert as higher level stude(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

The pressure on students to place minute emphasis on marks allocation is a frequently-criticised aspect of the Leaving Cert, as it leaves little room for creativity and imagination. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Every year it’s the same refrain with Home Economics – great topics, just too many of them. This year’s ordinary and higher level papers roamed over (...)

From left: Lauren Vickers, Mark Ryan, Seán O’Callaghan, Orla Yeates, Clinton Byrne (back), Manav T Manoj and Rory O’Carroll. Photograph: Garry O’Neill. 2:03

Ten years ago, the fields at Burkeen, Co Wicklow, were just marked by a back road from Rathdrum to Wicklow town. Now it’s the site of hundreds of home(...)

Coder Dojo clubs are after-school or weekend get-togethers where basic programming and web development is taught, but the real success of the clubs is the philosophy of peer learning – students learning from each other in a sociable and creative environment.

The story of CoderDojo is well known: Cork teenager James Whelton set up a computer club in his school, spotted a gap for kids interested in co(...)