Dr. Jake Rowan Byrne is an Educational Technologist and Bridge21’s Programme Manager of the Google sponsored Computer Science and STEM Teacher Training Programme. Jake was the longest running volunteer mentor with Bridge21 since the programme began in October 2007. During that time, he became heavily involved in the Computer Science workshops, so he has years of experience using the Bridge21 learning models to teach both programming, game design and other digital media projects.
Jake is also the Creative Technology Curator at the dlr LexIcon Library. Responsible for the development and curation of workshops in 3D printing, Electronics, programming and hardware development with Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Jake is a DCU graduate in Mechatronic Engineering and completed both a Masters in Technology and Learning and a Ph.D. in Trinity College Dublin. He also has experience designing innovative technological solutions for industry and is a named co-inventor on a patent. This position provides the opportunity for him to pursue his passions for innovation, technology, design thinking and educational reform.