The Think Academy

The Think Academy is a fun maths education programme for junior cycle post-primary students. Our summer programmes, after-school weekly meet-ups, and school workshops focus on fundamental concepts of the Project Maths curriculum and are approached through a balance of tutorials, games and creative exercises.

Each of our programmes aim to develop students' understanding of core maths concepts and enhance their problem solving skills. Students apply their knowledge to challenging self-led activities, requiring innovation, problem solving and group work, rather than rote learning.

lighting the spark: The Think Academy at TEDx




Lisa Ruttledge - Director

Lisa designs and delivers the maths courses, and develops The Think Academy as a social enterprise. Her passion in life is maths education; she is the Albus Dumbledore of The Think Academy (without the beard). Lisa is also in the final stages of a PhD in the integration of renewable energy into power systems, at UCD. She plays hockey, loves spending time with her family and friends, and hates chocolate cake.

Pádraig Daly - Technology Director


Pádraig is the technology man of The Think Academy. He manages all things computer programming/gaming, website and social media-related. His aim is to bring fun and magic to maths. Pádraig is also pursuing a PhD in power systems operations/stability, at UCD. He plays hurling (he’s from Kilkenny), loves adventure racing (cycling, running, kayaking) and enjoys going to small music gigs. He has nothing against chocolate cake.

Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire

- William Butler Yeats -

2015 Courses

This year we’re running a two week camp for incomming 5th and 6th year Higher Level students (August 4th-14th) with Sen Academy. You can find more details and register through our Eventbrite page below.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

- Confucius -


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