Presentation Brothers College team battle to victory at CEIA robotics final

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PIctured: James O'Fearal and Oran O Grianna, Scoil Mhuire, Macroom at the CEIA Schools Robot Competition final

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3 March 2016 | 0

A team from Presentation Brothers College, Cork, was named overall winners of the 2016 CEIA Schools Robot competition.

Rossa College, Skibbereen were announced as the runners up, while Ursuline Secondary School took home the prize for best poster presentation.

The competition for second-year students took place in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), where teams of four were tasked with programming robots to navigate a maze, follow a line, and multi-task robotics using ultrasonic, touch, light and colour sensors.

As well as the robotics challenges, the teams also made posters and kept project log books to document their work.

“Each year, the competition has a theme to highlight the many ways in which engineering and technology is embedded in our lives today,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA. “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.

“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.”

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.

Valerie Cowman, Skills & Education Chair, CEIA, said: “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,”

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