Our sixth-class students get the wonderful opportunity to enter the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS competition each year.
The FIRST LEGO League is a global robotics competition, which helps students and teachers to build a better future together. The programme is built 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 empahsies teamwork, discovery and innovation (www.firstlegoleague.org).
We are immensely proud of our success in this competitions in recent years - Irish Champions 4 years in a row, progressed to World Championships 3 times and won awards at all these events.
2016/17 Team Robo Riders, Irish Champions 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 (100+ teams in the competition) who were asked to perform our project at the Awards Ceremony on the final day of the competition.
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’.
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.
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.