Our sixth-class students get the wonderful opportunity each year to enter the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS competition.
The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE is a world-wide robotics competition, which encourages students and teachers to build a better future together. The programme is designed around theme-based challenges to engage children aged 9 to 16 years in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. An integral element to the competition is "Core Values" which emphasises teamwork, discovery and innovation (www.firstlegoleague.org).
We are immensely proud of our success in these competitions in recent years -- Irish Champions four years in a row before the Covid-19 pandemic. Three of those times, we progressed to the World Championships and won awards at all these events.
2016/17 Team Robo Riders, Irish Champions We went on to the World Championships in Bath, England where we competed against over a hundred teams from all over the world and were awarded the Judges Award for our Project - "Equine Therapy". We were also invited to lead the teams into the arena for the closing ceremony due to our enthusiastic involvement and Core Values throughout the competition.
2017/18 Team Airbots, Irish Champions. We went onto the UK and Ireland finals where we won first place for Core Values. We then progressed to the World Championship in Detroit, Michigan (USA) where we were awarded second place for Gracious Professionalism. We were one of four teams (of 100+ teams in the competition) who were asked to demonstrate our project at the Awards Ceremony on the final day of the competition.
Please read this story in the Irish Independent about the Airbots.
2018/19 Team Solar Sensors, Irish Champions. We then went on to the UK and Ireland finals in Bristol, England where we were awarded 'The RS Award for Future Engineers’.
Please read this story in the respected online tech magazine Silicon Republic about the Solar Sensors.
2019/20 Team Build-A-Bots, Regional Champions Then we went on to be crowned Irish Champions. We also won first prize for ‘Robot Performance’ . Unfortunately our trip to the World Championships in Detroit was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Please read this wicklownews.net story about the Build-A-Bots.
The students love participating in this competition which allows them to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving, and communication along with building confidence and life skills which they take with them as they progress in the world.