ROBOT fans made all the right moves for Mountrath, when a team from St Fintan’s boys school scooped an award in the VEX IQ Robotics competition.
The brilliant young scientists took home third prize in the STEAM art contest, after competing with nearly 400 other primary school children at the Institute of Technology Carlow on Friday 6 March.
Prizes were presented to St Fintan’s and four other schools for the best robots and an accompanying STEAM poster competition, with counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois and Kildare among the winners.The budding engineers were preparing for the competition since last October and spent months building and enabling their own robots.
The contest challenged students to operate their robots, using both driver control and an autonomous programme they had written. Between sessions, the schools enjoyed a fun science demonstration and tour of the campus and enjoyed meeting academic staff from various faculties.
The futuristic and fascinating competition was organised by IT Carlow’s Student Services, assisted by a team from the faculty of engineering, the computing services department, estates and the sports office.
David Denieffe, vice-president for academic affairs, congratulated all the schools and their hardworking teachers for their huge efforts. He said: “Seeing science and maths come to life outside the classroom and engaging in engineering and coding shows young people the enormous and exciting opportunities that lie ahead of them. We would love to see these young students return to IT Carlow as undergraduates in a few years’ time.”