Dr. Mariana Rocha
Member of the Applied Social Computing Research group
Assistant Lecturer in Computer Science, TU Dublin
Dr. Mariana Rocha is an Assistant Lecturer at the School of Computer Science, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). She obtained a PhD in Computer Science by TU Dublin and a Master’s degree in science by the Oswald Cruz Foundation (Brazil).
Back in Brazil, Mariana worked for a STEM education platform producing articles, games and videos for primary school children. That motivated her to pursue a master’s degree and evaluate the potential of online platforms for primary school education. During her PhD, she decided to go further and developed an educational videogame to support mathematics learning in primary school. Mariana designed and implemented “Once Upon a Maths”, an adventure videogame with a narrative based on the history of mathematics. The game was evaluated by almost a hundred students from Irish schools and proved to be efficient in supporting their learning.