Cork students finish 3rd in wordwide Lego comp

Cork students finish 3rd in wordwide Lego comp
Pupils from Coláiste Daibhéid in Cork city pictured in Hungary where they finished third in the first Lego League competition.

A Cork school has come third place in a worldwide competition using Lego to tackle real-world scientific challenges.

Coláiste Daibhéid on Sawmill Street attended the First Lego League Invitational in Debrecen Hungary where they competed against more than 60 teams from 40 countries worldwide.

The school's team, Na Laochra led by teacher Tadhg O Laighin, was selected as the only Irish representative having won the regional competition in Ireland in December. 30,000 teams around the world entered this competition in September. 

Every year, First Lego League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to ten children, with two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field, developing a solution to a problem they have identified.

At the event in Hungary Coláiste Daibhéid finished in third place.

Deputy Principal Pól Ó Síodhcháin said the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald presented the school with a certificate on behalf of the people of Cork prior to their trip. The school also received best wishes from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and past pupil Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD all sent us letters of good wishes. 

"We are extremely proud to be returning to Cork with world recognition of our participation in this competition," he said.

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