World (remote) control next for robotics students

A secondary school in Midleton, Co Cork, has won the VEX Robotics challenge and will now compete in the world championships in Kentucky.

St Colman’s outdid 14 other teams who were challenged to create remote- controlled and programmed robots using VEX Robotics technology.

The EMC-run initiative is designed to boost interest in science and technology subjects. Each team was assigned a mentor from EMC to guide them in building, programming and testing their robots over the past three months.

The students from St Colman’s received the excellence award — the highest in the competition — for creating a well-rounded robotics programme and a high quality robot.

Margaret O’Connell, a teacher at St Colman’s, said they were “thrilled” to receive the award and to have qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships.

“This great achievement is the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning and serves as great recognition of some very talented young minds,” she said.

Fellow teacher Bill Morrissey said the programme has fuelled the students’ interest in the subject and “planted the grassroots for bright careers”.

Bob Savage, vice president and managing director of EMC, said the company is proud to support VEX programmes in Ireland.

“Designing and building robots is an imaginative and fun way to cultivate an interest in STEM subjects amongst secondary school students, preparing them for further study.”

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