At post-primary level, ADAPT aims to:

  • Enhance students’ problem-solving skills and increase their confidence in tackling complex problems
  • Ensure that talented young problem solvers can see clear links between their love of problem-solving and STEM career pathways

Test your mind against the world’s toughest puzzles in logic, language and linguistics. Think you could decipher an ancient script or unlock numerical spy codes?

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) challenges secondary school students to develop their own strategies for solving complex problems. These problems are based on fascinating languages from around the globe.

No prior knowledge of linguistics or a second language is required, as even the hardest problems require only logical thinking, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.                                                           
AILO introduces students to the application of logic and linguistics (i.e. the study of human language) to problems of language understanding and translation. The goal is to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to inspire them to consider the fascinating range of careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.                                                                                                                                                                 
The top 4 performers at the national final of the Olympiad are selected to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad (OIL)

AILO highlights include:

  • 17,600 AILO participants since 2009
  • 95% of participants say AILO enhanced their problem-solving ability
  • 85% of AILO participants say they’ll now consider a career in computing and/or languages (compared to 61% pre-contest)
  • 98% of participants say they would recommend AILO to a friend
  • 2 bronze medals for Ireland at International Linguistics Olympiad

ADAPT’s hosting of International Linguistics Olympiad 2017

ComputeTY is a computing skills course for Transition Year students (aged 15-16 years) run by DCU School of Computing and supported by ADAPT since 2011.

ADAPT provides academic directorship for the course, as well as sponsorship and tutoring support. Students spend one week learning computing skills at Dublin City University. Each student follows a choice of streams: Web Design, Java Programming, or App Development.

More than 2,600 students have completed ADAPT-supported ComputeTY since 2011. In recognition of its success in enhancing students’ computing skills and increasing their propensity to study computing at third level, ComputeTY won the 2015 DCU President’s Award for Engagement.

For more on ComputeTY, see visit the ComputeTY website or watch our ComputeTY video.