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August 2010
Dell wins tender to supply CAD standard PC’s and Notebooks 

Dell has won the tender competition for the supply of CAD standard PC’s and Notebooks for the Technology subjects.


Click on the links below for specifications and pricing.

  Specification & Pricing

Please Note:

This procurement contract with Dell ended on the 31st August 2011. Details as regards specifications & pricing which are included here are maintained for information & example purposes only.

February 2009

HP Ireland wins contract to supply Irish Schools with CAD Standard Computers (Laptops & Desktops) untill 2010.

HP Ireland won the Tender contract to supply Second Level Schools in Ireland with high end Workstation PC’s and Laptops for CAD based applications for technology subjects. Following the signing of contracts on 24th February 2009 with the Department of Education and Science in Tullamore, Paddy Keays, National Co-ordinator T4 congratulated HP Ireland on winning the contract and on the high quality of their CAD Standard PC’s and Laptops which are now available to schools under this agreement.
Under the Leaving Certificate technology subjects’ requirements specified by T4, the PC’s / Laptops will all come fully equipped with:

  • High End Graphics Cards
  • Approved to run SolidWorks (Not Installed)
  • High Memory,
  • Microsoft Suite (Including Office Plus – (Perpetual Licence)
  •  Symantec Anti Virus -  (1 year Licence subscription)

Specification & Pricing

Please Note:

This procurement contract with Hewlett Packard ended in June 2010. Details as regards specifications & pricing which are included here are maintained for information & example purposes only.


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Engineering Technology

Octane Racing to Represent Ireland in F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge World Championships.
powered in Ireland by ICS

 Dublin, 7th April 2011.


Octane Racing from Dundalk Grammar School, have been declared the overall winners of the 2011 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society at the National Finals held in Griffith College Dublin today.

Team members Niall Donnolly, (Project Manager/Sponsorship and Marketing), Adam Matthews (Design Engineer), Kevin O’Malley (Manufacturing Engineer), Daniel Finnamore (Co-Design Engineer and Communications Manager), Daniel McCarthy-Edwards (Resource Manager) and Rollo Konig-Brock (Graphic and Web Designer) were coordinated by teacher Scott Nowell.

The team fought off fierce competition from 23 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy as well as the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2011 World Championships in Malaysia in September. The overall winners receive €2,000 in prize money.

Work for the 2011 Finals began last September with schools registering their interest in competing.  Intense competition followed with 600 students representing 150 second-level schools from across the country battling their way through the various stages of the competition to reach the National Finals. 

In addition to racing head to head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design and sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work.

“Congratulations to all the teams who took part in this year’s competition. The standards were exceptionally high and it is always great to see how enthusiastic the students are about the competition” said ICS Skills CEO Jim Friars. 

This is Dundalk Grammar School’s fourth year in the competition and second consecutive winning of the National Finals.

Octane Racing will now progress to the World Championships which will be held in Malaysia in September where they will compete against national winners from 31 countries from around the world.

Winning teams:
Senior Team – First place – Octane Racing (Dundalk Grammar School)
Senior Team – Second place – Quark (Presentation College, Carlow)
Senior Team – Third place – Diablo Racing (Dundalk Grammar School)
Junior Team – First place – Jet Stream (Presentation College, Carlow)
Junior Team – Second place – Team Galaxy (O'Fiaich Institute of Further Education)
Junior Team – Third place – Mach6 (Presentation College, Carlow)

As well as the overall winning teams on the day a number of other awards were handed out in a variety of categories:

  • Fastest Car D-Type - The Roadrunners, St. Killian's VEC, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
  • Fastest Car R-Type - Octane Racing, Dundalk Grammar School, Co. Louth
  • Best Engineered - Jet Stream, Presentation College Carlow

BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2010 (January 2010)
T4 were in attendance again this year at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition from the 14th to the 16th of January as part of the Discover Science and Technology main stand.  This year’s theme was the ‘Science of Sport’.  The T4 stand featured a demonstration on the use of Computer Aided Design software (SolidWorks) in the design, development and testing of products.  The use of the ‘Flow Simulation’ in SolidWorks in the testing of the aerodynamics of the ‘F1 in Schools’ models cars was also demonstrated.  (Click here for notes & models on flow simulation). The stand also included a model "Wind Tunnel" to simulate the aerodynamic air flow around model designs.
Visitors to the stand were invited to enter a draw for an ‘Xbox Elite’ by solving two puzzles which tested their spatial ability/mathematical skills. (Click here for SolidWorks models of the two puzzles). Congratulations to Cyian McCann, Tullamore, Co Offaly who was the winner in the draw for the ‘Xbox Elite’.
T4 staff was also on hand to explain and explore with visitors the major developments that are ongoing in the technology subjects in our second level schools.


Irish team snatch victory in prestigious student challenge (September 2009)

The Koni Kats team from St. David’s Secondary School in Greystones, County Wicklow took the top honours at the fifth Formula One in Schools Koni_KatsTechnology Challenge World Championships held this week in London. At a glittering awards ceremony attended by Lewis Hamilton and VIP guests from the world of Formula One and education, the talented students were presented with the Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships to City University London. They will also be given an exclusive tour of the McLaren Technology Centre today.

Thirty one teams from 20 countries were vying for the Champions title. the Koni Kats team with their design, development, engineering and presentation skills, as well as excellent team work, beat their international rivals and took home the Bernie Ecclestone trophy. The team also captured two other awards en route to their championship title: Best Presentation and Best Engineered Car. The Koni Kats team comprising Conor Daly, Eoin O'Connell, Sean Cleary and Adam Gammell were thrilled to take victory.

In April 2008 Koni Kats fended off competition from all over Ireland and claimed the title of “National Champions” in the not-for-profit secondary schools technology competition, F1 in Schools, organised by the Irish Computer Society in partnership with Discover Science Engineering.

Eoin O’Connell, Team Manager for the Koni Kats, said of their victory, “We’re over the moon. We’ve been working for two years on this, so we are thrilled to have all our efforts recognised with this achievement. It’s very special to have won this, we just can’t believe it. I think the work we put into our design and our attention to detail in this, looking at every element from the front wing to the rear fins, has brought us this victory, as well as our strong teamwork.”

Current F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton presented Koni Kats with the Best Engineered car award, which was supported by his F1 team, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Hamilton praised the Irish team for their high level of engineering, which has set new standards for the F1 in Schools Challenge.

Lewis said of his visit to the F1 in Schools World Championships, “I’ve really enjoyed meeting the students and finding out more about this exciting global initiative. The global popularity and high tech world of Formula One provides a very exciting and engaging platform for education and it is great to see it being used within schools to enthuse students to study engineering, as well as the other key school subjects. I hope F1 in Schools encourages a new generation of students into Formula One and helps to continue to develop the sport as one of the most technologically advanced in the world.”

This unique student challenge is the largest global educational initiative. The students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model compressed air-powered balsa wood F1 car of the future and it takes place in over 30 countries around the world, with an estimated 14 million school children aware of this engineering challenge.

Andrew Denford, Founder, F1 in Schools, says of the World Championships, “The fifth annual F1 in School World Championships has been a great success. Each year we see the standards of entrants’ rise, with the students using some very advanced engineering technology and amazing ingenuity to produce their racing cars. 

“The popularity of Formula One is a significant factor in the appeal of the F1 in Schools programme. Many of the students are avid supporters of the sport, so they felt very privileged to meet Lewis Hamilton and we are very grateful for the time he gave to them today, looking at their cars and learning more about this initiative.”

T4 at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2009 (January 2009)
4 attended the BTYS 2009 in partnership with Discover Science and Engineering. On the t4 section of the stand was a BTYSrobotic head with a number of moving elements and a solar panel which can track a light source thereby maximizing the energy produced by the panel. The robotics on display were controlled by PIC control software. This integrated robotic and control technology is now being used in the teaching of technology subjects in second level schools and particularly the new leaving certificate subject Technology, where the first cohort of students will complete their studies in June 2009. A rolling presentation on the display screen focused on Computer Aided Design software currently being used by students of technology subjects in over 550 second level schools. Over 6000 students are currently using this software in completing the Student Assignment component of the Leaving Certificate examination in Design and Communication Graphics which is being - examined for the first time in June 2009. T4 staff were on hand to explain and explore with visitors the major developments that are currently going on in the technology subjects in schools.

T4 CAD Challenge at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2009 BTYS(January 2009)
Over 500 students participated in the T4 CAD Challenge over the three days of the BT Young Scientist & Technology event. The challenge required participants to assemble a twenty piece puzzle in the fastest possible time. The prize winners were

  • 1st C. Barnes, Sutton, Co Dublin – 51.58 sec - Nintendo Wii
  • 2nd S Liddy, Shannon, Co Clare – 52.8 sec - iPod nano
  • 3rd D Manning, Balllincollig, Co Cork – 52.83 sec -iPod nano
  • 4th E Spendlove, Dublin. – 54.12 - iPod shuffle
  • 5th J Mc Ilraith, Ballbridge, Dublin. – 57 sec - iPod shuffle

T4 at the National Ploughing Championships(September 08)

The t4 stand at the recent National Ploughing Championships proved to be a very busy place over the three days of the event.Ploughing 08 Its theme was “Get Hands On with a technology subject”. It featured an audio visual display on the technology subjects and live computer aided manufacture. The Computer Aided Manufacture involved the production of souvenir acrylic key rings. The manufacturing of the key rings was a significant attraction and the process always had a good audience. Over 1000 key ring were produced and distributed.

Many students of Design and Communication Graphics and Technology visited the stand and discussed their experience of the subjects to date. Most student would also have discussed the  requirement of the Student Assignment in Design and Communication Graphics and the project in Technology. Many parents engaged in discussion around the nature of the technology subjects and there relevance to career directions. A number of teachers of technology subjects were also welcome visitors.

St. Gerald's Students on top in Asian Finals (Summer 08)
A group of students from St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar have proved themselves to be among the best young scientists and team players in a high-tech contest involvingSt. Geralds more than twenty countries, the final of which was held in Japan. The students won the teamwork award at the Asian Open Finals of the FIRST Lego League – a contest which involves second level students around the world programming and tasking Lego robots to perform a series of manoeuvres on a special layout. This year the tasks all had a very topical conservation and renewable energy theme. The contest was sponsored internationally by LEGO and SAP and had over 100,000 competitors around the world, with fifty teams from twenty six countries qualifying for the Asian Open finals in Japan. The Castlebar students won the Irish finals in November which took place as part of the hugely successful Galway Science and Technology Fair overcoming the challenge of teams from Galway, Louth, Limerick, and Clare. The Irish finals were supported by T4 and Galway Education Centre. The team then represented in the Britan and Ireland finals, which were held in Birmingham in February. There, the teamwork shown by the Castlebar students was so good, that they were nominated for the week-long trip to Japan, where their teamwork again came out on top. As part of their project, they conducted a survey on how use of carpooling might cut energy use, and they also audited energy use at their school. However, the major part of the team event was creating and writing a programme, and then tasking a robot to carry out a number of missions in a set time.
The members of the winning team were: Danny Mannion, James McHugh, Ciaran Mulgrew, Shane Kavanagh, Jamie Chambers, Darragh McTigue,  Michael Clune, Charlie Smyth. Teachers involved with the team were – Declan Askin and Sean Curran.

T4 Competition winners at BT Young Scientist 2008 (Jan 08)
Ashleigh Connors, Kildare and Michael Harte, Cork, winners of the T4 competitions at the BT Young Scientist exhibition 2008 recently received their laptops, from sponsors Dell, Ireland, at a presentation event in Portlaoise.

Our photograph taken at the presentation shows Michael and Ashleigh having received their prize from David Dolan, with Noel O Neil, Liam Murphy and Barney Beasley from t4.

Click on photo to enlarge.

Winners & Sponsors


Huge interest in T4 stand and "Hands On Workshop" at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2008 (Jan 08)

T4 were invited to participate at the Discover Science and Engineering stand at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2008  in the RDS, Dublin from Thursday January 10th to Saturday January12th . T4 was one of the organisations featured as part of the Discover Science and Engineering Exhibition. Our stand featured a light tower controlled by PIC Software and a display of Parametric CAD models. The theme of the stand was “Get Hands on with a Technology Subject”. A competition run in conjunction with the show attracted 1,125 entries over the 3 days. There was 35 CAD workshop challenges run from Thursday to Saturday, with 560 participants taking part. This involved students engaging in a game challenge to reorganise tiles in a set pattern using the Parametric CAD software. Thanks to all who helped out with the stand and workshops over the three days and to all who called to the stand or participated in the workshops.

T4 stand at Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2007

Cluster meetings for School Principals (April 07)

Key Features

  • Syllabus intended to have 180 class contact hours
  • Compulsory core elements (including Computer Aided Design
  • (CAD) /ICT)
  • Five options (two to be studied)
  • One 3 hour terminal exam (60%)
  • A student assignment (40%) including a compulsory CAD element
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Launch of CAD for Education (March 07)

t4, the Technology Subjects Support Service, established by the Department of Education and Science, announced the nominated providers of hardware and software for this programme. SolidWorks, will provide the parametric CAD software; Dell have secured the tender contract to supply up to 4,500 Precision Workstation PCs on which the students will work and Microsoft who will supply Microsoft’s Learning Suite on every Workstation PC, which includes tailored ICT training resources for teachers and students.

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Minister for Education Mary Hanafin launches new Technology Subjects Support Service - t4.    (12/20/06) Mhanafin

In her address at the launch of t4 in the Clock Tower in Marlborough Street the Minister announced that schools will get 25 million in grant aid to purchase new equipment.  She stated that this funding will be hugely significant as it will allow students to have their own individual computer and they won't have to be sharing it with the student beside them.  With the additional funding school can get printers, digital scanners, PC's and whatever is needed.

The Minister continued, "I am equally satisfied that with new curriculum we are going to get more students wanting to do these subjects particularly now when they can see the follow-on from Junior Cert to Leaving Cert, it is going to create demands from other schools and other from other teachers which is why the support service is going to be increasingly important for all of those teachers."

Lego League

An article from the Irish Times of the 30th March 2011 which features St. Gerald's College, Castlebar who were the winners of the 2011 FIRST LEGO League

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Leaving Cert Technology - One Year On (June 08)
The thoughts of Declan Askin, St. Gerald's College, Castlebar and his reflections on Technology one year into the new syllabus.

"By the beginning of October two of the students had decided that it wasn't’t for them as they had not’t done any of the main feeder subjects and found the amount of work needed to catch up to be too much. One of the remaining thirteen was a German exchange student who returned home in Feb.. 08. He really enjoyed the subject remarking that they had no comparable subject in Germany".



A students solution to the sample Technology design brief (June 08)

Sample Leaving Certificate Brief Solution ( James Ruane - St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar)
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Construction Studies

New PowerPoint presentations "Towards nZEB for Dwellings 2020 and "A guide to managing experiment work" now added to list of available resources. Click on the "READ MORE" link.

T4 Newsletter

Click on the link below to access the first edition "Summer Newsletter 2018" of the T4 Online Newsletter.


Intermediate SolidWorks

Workshop booklet covering some of the intermediate level sketching tools and features available in SolidWorks 2017 while working through the modeling of parts for a Spatula.


Advanced SolidWorks

Resource notes from PDST 2017 Advanced SolidWorks CPD Workshop.


DCG Coursework

State Examination Commission (SEC) respond to queries regarding DCG Coursework Examination. .


CAD Computer Specifications

Details of the Computer specifications for CAD Computers available through the DES 2015 hardware grant for schools for use in DCG can be found under the CAD & SolidWorks link on the left of the screen.


Updated Room Layouts

Updated Room Layouts for Post Primary Schools are currently available in both CAD and PDF format from the DES website.


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a Flipped Learning approach i a Tech Graphics classroom..