Cork’s tech industry brings Boolean logic to the classroom

30 Oct 2015

Having been trialled with 6th class primary students earlier this year, the game was adopted by science teachers at the Eureka Centre in UCC

The local tech industry in Cork have devised a game for school kids up to 10 years old that brings Boolean logic into the classroom.

Unveiled just ahead of next week’s George Boole celebrations by the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA), the role-playing card game represents the true and false values of Boolean logic in everyday uses, and is designed to be used by schoolchildren as an engaging and fun way to understand logic.

The development of the game was funded by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with the Boole2School programme.

It’s simply logical


There are over 30 countries internationally already taking part in the Boole2School flagship programme, and this figure in likely to increase further as students from all over the globe prepare to mark the day of Boole’s birth, 2 November, through their engagement with Boolean logic.

“While Boolean logic may sound like a very complex topic, it is actually the simplest of logics and the very basics of computing,” explained Valerie Cowman, skills and education chair of the CEIA.

“Through our Boolean logic game cards, representing the true and false values of Booleans in every day uses, students – as young as 6th class – can understand and have fun with logic.”

The Booolean logic game was devised by Eamon Connolly, CEIA outreach officer and Brian English, board member of the CEIA.

Having been trialled with 6th class primary students earlier this year, the game was adopted by science teachers at the Eureka Centre in UCC as a tool to teach the basic principles of logic to students.

In September 2015, the Irish Secondary Teacher’s Association (ISTA) introduced the game into their classrooms nationally.

Following the official launch, the Bo0lean logic game is being distributed free of charge to students, teachers, parents through the CEIA website.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years