Rossa College runners-up in Schools Robot Competition

Posted on: 4th April, 2016

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Teams of second year students from schools across Munster, built, programmed and battled their robots on March 2 in a bid to become the winner of the 2016 CEIA Schools Robot Competition. There could only be one overall winner however, and after an intense three-hour battle, the CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – announced Presentation Brothers College, Cork, as the overall winning team of the 2016 competition with Rossa College, Skibbereen as the runners-up. Two other West Cork schools had also made it to the finals – Scoil Mhuire, Macroom and St. Brogan’s College, Bandon.

The competition, which took place in CIT, challenged students in teams of four to programme their robots to conquer tasks such as maze navigation, line following, and multi-task robotics using ultrasonic, touch, light and colour sensors. The competition is supported by CIT, University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute and CEIA member companies.

“Each year, the competition has a theme to highlight the many ways in which engineering and technology is embedded in our lives today. This year the theme was ‘robots and the Internet of Things (IoT)’– by building and programming these robots, students got an understanding of how objects embedded with electronics – such as robots – have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data,” said Dr. Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.

“A key aspect of this competition is that engineers, researchers and technologists from supporting institutes and companies provide mentor support for the teams throughout the competition – giving students an insight into potential careers in the industry,” he added.

As well as the robotics challenges, the teams also made Posters and kept project log books to document their work. Since the competition began in 2004, almost 1,200 students have been introduced to the world of robotics, electronics and sensor technology, as well as problem solving, teamwork and making scientific presentations.

“Cork is home to many Information and Communication Technology companies who provide challenging and rewarding careers for people interested in driving technological change. This competition hopes to foster interest in the next generation who will go on to become the engineers helping to grow and develop these companies even further,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.   

Prizes for the competition were kindly sponsored by Logitech Ireland Services Ltd., and included a high spec Toshiba Laptop for the winning school plus 4 Logitech UE Boom speakers for members of the winning robotics team (retailing at €199 each). For more information, see www.ceia.ie.

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