Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Kinsale Community School robotics students with their teachers Mr John Corcoran, Miss Niamh Hay and Principal Fergal McCarthy.

After winning the Vex Robotics final, Kinsale Community School is undertaking a massive fundraising drive to take their students to the next level, the World Robotics Championships in Kentucky, USA.

VEX Robotics is a programme, which enables students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through designing, building, programming and competing with their robot in competitions organised by DELL EMC.

The Kinsale Community School TY robot team, made up of 22 male and female students, took part in the Vex Robotics Final in CIT on Friday, January 19.

In November, the team won a qualifying scrimmage in St Aloysius School Cork and much robot redesign and coding has taken place since then to ensure the team’s resilience in this final. Miss Niamh Hay and Mr John Corcoran have mentored the team throughout, with advice and support from Mr Adrian McLaughlin from DELL EMC.

The Kinsale team won all of their six rounds of qualifiers, along with six rounds of driving and coding skills, which put them in top spot after the qualifiers.

The Kinsale students entered into the alliance stage in poll position, which meant they had the pick of the 24 teams to go into the quarter finals with. Kinsale teamed with first timers Carrigaline, an unexpected move, as it meant ignoring some strong traditional teams like Buttevant and CSN, who have a strong reputation in this competition. Kinsale had built a strong bond with the Carrigaline team after hosting them in an informal scrimmage at Kinsale Community School in December.

The alliance worked well and easily won both the quarter final and semi-finals, but the final, played in the format of the best of three games, was a real nail biter. The first game was a struggle, as Kinsale’s robot flipped and they had an uphill battle to recover from then. Carrigaline righted them and they went into the second game 1-0 down. The two next games were excruciating, as it was very close right up until the buzzer, with Kinsale and Carrigaline clinching the deal in a tightly fought competition.

Kinsale not only won the tournament but also the coding skills and driving skills award and ultimately the excellence award, which secures a place for them at the World Championships in Kentucky USA, from April 24 to 28.

This is a great opportunity for the Kinsale students to learn and compete against the best in the world. But now the hard work takes place. The school is undertaking a massive fundraising exercise to support the team on their next adventure, and is looking for sponsorship to help get them there.  If you would like to help out in anyway can you please contact the school on the following email address or on the following number  0214773174.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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