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 email@example.com or on the following number 0214773174.