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Robotics success repeated by Kinsale Community School

March 5th, 2019 5:05 PM

By Southern Star Team

VEX Robotics Excellence Award winners at CIT, including Gioia Plume, Seán McGrath, George Lordan, Noel Nathan, Charlie O'Shea, Michael Murphy and David Daly from Kinsale Community School.

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It was a historic day on Friday, February 15th, as Kinsale Community School (KCS) qualified for the World VEX Robotics Competition in Kentucky for the second time. KCS also represented Ireland at the world event in 2018, where they picked up the prestigious Community Award.

VEX Robotics is a programme which enables students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through designing, building, programming and competing with their robot in competitions organised by DELL EMC.

The World Championship qualifier took place at Cork Institite of Technology with 22 teams from across Ireland competing at the event. In order to qualify, the KCS team had to win the overall tournament plus a number of other categories.  

The enthusiasm and skill for robotics displayed by KCS was clearly evident as they entered two teams in the competition this year. It was a nail-biting finale as both KCS teams battled it out as opponents in the final of the tournament.  

It was a highly-successful day and KCS emerged victorious ,coming away with five awards 

The Irish Championship commences in March and regional events will be hosted in Institutes of Technology. KCS will also host one of these regional events. 

The team has been mentored throughout by Miss Niamh Hay and Mr Eddie Farren with advice and support from Mr Adrian McLaughlin from DELL EMC. 

The team have now secured their place to represent Ireland once again at the global event in Kentucky USA in the coming months. Now, they will need to undertake a massive fundraising exercise and are appealing for sponsorship to help get them there. 

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