Cork schools get creative at the Dell VEX robotics finals

Cork schools get creative at the Dell VEX robotics finals
Naava Dunne, Victoria Emukperou and Joanne Gan from Coláiste na Toirbhirte Bandon pictured in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) at the national finals of the VEX Robotics Competition hosted by CIT in partnership with DELL.Picture. John Allen

AFTER two days of primary school competitions, yesterday Cork secondary schools got the opportunity to show off their creations at the Dell VEX Secondary School Final.

31 teams participated in the day-long competition. The day started with Robot Skills and Programme Skills before qualification rounds to see which teams went forward to the final knockout tournament. After an action-packed day and tough competition, Kinsale Community School and Carrigaline Community School were crowned the winners of the Teamwork Champion Award - presented to each of the two teams on the winning alliance in the Teamwork Challenge final matches.

Hazel McAndrew, Maeve Galvin and James O'Driscoll and their robot 'The Claw' from Seamount College Kinvara pictured in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) at the national finals of the VEX Robotics Competition hosted by CIT in partnership with DELL.Picture. John Allen
Hazel McAndrew, Maeve Galvin and James O'Driscoll and their robot 'The Claw' from Seamount College Kinvara pictured in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) at the national finals of the VEX Robotics Competition hosted by CIT in partnership with DELL.Picture. John Allen

There were also awards won for robot skills, design and overall excellence.

This was the third day of Robotics at CIT. On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 40 primary schools competed to book a place in the VEX IQ Primary School final, which will take place in CIT on March 1.

16 teams were successful - Bandon Bridge NS, Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh, Scoil na Croise Naofa, Scoil Mhuire Fatima An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Walterstown NS, Scoil Mhuire Lourdes and Scoil Mhuire Lourdes Coderdojo, Burnfort NS, Sundays Well NS, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, St Anthony’s BNS, St Joseph’s Skibbereen, St Joseph's the Mardyke, Carrigaline Educate Together and Barryroe NS.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney was one of

many visitors to the hall over the three days. He was treated to a demonstration and given the chance to try his hand at controlling the Scoil Mhuire Lourdes robot.

The Dell VEX Robotics competition has been running since 2012 and has grown from strength to strength. 98 teams are involved in this year’s contest; 67 from primary schools and 31 from secondary schools. In total, 1,800 students from seven counties will participate over five days of events in the final stages of the competition.

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