Four students from Rossa College fought off competition from twenty schools across Cork city and county to win the prestigious School’s Robot Competition. The competition is sponsored by Logitech and run in conjunction with the CEIA (Cork Electronics Industry Association), UCC, CIT and the Tyndall Institute. Schools are given the challenge to construct a robot from electronic lego materials. Once constructed, the robot is programmed to enable it negotiate a series of challenges and courses. This is a painstaking process involving science, robotics, engineering, and computer skills which took a number of months to perfect. When completed, the robots compete against each other over four different challenges. The best built and programmed robot is the one that complete the course in fastest times and points are awarded accordingly.
This year the theme was ‘Spacebots’ to mark the anniversary of the Mars Rover programme. As well as constructing the robot, students also had to design a visual display and maintain a diary of their work which reflected their journey to the competition. The winning team of James Tidmarsh, Gareth Whooley, Matthew Patterson and David Sneider were rewarded for their hard efforts as each received a state of the art Logitech speaker compatible with I phone and i pods which currently retail at €220. The school received a laptop and the perpetual trophy along with the 10th anniversary lego trophy.
School Principal, Stephen Gilbert praised the team who had come from behind to comfortably win the competition. He said it was proof as if any was needed that Rossa College could compete at the highest level come out on top. All one has to do is look at the list of previous winners to realise Rossa College is in very distinguished company. Stephen said he was delighted for the individual students who had put so much effort in the preparation for the event. He also praised their mentor and Deputy Principal Tom Foley who had encouraged and guided the team throughout their preparations.