A team of eight students from Coláiste An Spiorad Naoimh, Bishopstown will represent Ireland at the world finals of a robotics competition after raising over €10,000 to fund their trip.
The team, known as G-RAF - due to their giraffe robot theme - were highly successful winning four put of six awards including the 'design', 'robot skills', 'partners of the year' and 'overall excellence' sections of the national competition at the Dell Emc VEX IQ at CIT in January.
It was only the second time one team had won four honours in the history of the competition worldwide.
They will now take their unique talents to the VEX World Finals in Kentucky, USA from April 19-22 thanks to receiving sponsorship from a number of companies.
They will take on other teams from around the world in robot matches. Competitors will be tasked with collecting stars and cubes with their robots, as well as maneuvering them onto hanging bars.
Ahead of the world finals, the team have had to completely redesign their robot to increase its effectiveness and have replaced its steel with aluminium to make it lighter and which allows the robot to lift itself.
They have also redesigned their lift and have built a claw which allows the robot to comfortably score multiple game objects at once. They have also changed the lift so as to have more momentum and torque which makes the robot very effective at lifting itself and game objects.
The team comprises of Elvinas Seporaitis, Jamie O’Leary, Daniel Murphy, Harry Moran, Kevin O’Regan, Seán Cronin, Matthew Cronin and Aaron McGee.
“The team has spent months redesigning and programming their new robot and with all of these changes and upgrades in place, they hope to continue their run of success in the World Championship,” said student Kevin O'Regan.
Coláiste an Spiorad Naoimh have a strong recent history of success in the national competition having reached the semi-finals of the competition in 2015 and 2016 and also picked up the 'design award in the latter.