The winning team – Build-a-Bots from Wicklow Montessori Primary School – is made up of Elsha O’Reilly (aged 13), Amy Lalor (aged 12), Luca Nolan (aged 12), Bluebell Dynes (aged 11), Oscar O’Keefe (aged 12), Ella McEvoy (aged 12), and James McCann (aged 12).
They were crowned champions at the competition final on Saturday in Dublin and will now have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the World Festival in Detroit, USA.
The science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 9-16-year-olds, tasks teams to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and create an innovative solution to a real-world problem. This year’s CITY SHAPER Challenge, saw students learn all about architecture and the spaces we live in.
The team's solution is an innovative idea about shaping a better future for Wicklow town and its community. Their solution involved the creation of a community centre, reusing & adapting existing infrastructure, developing Wicklow’s potential, providing sought after amenities, catering to all user-groups and focusing on environmentally friendly proposals.
Elsha O’Reilly, a member of the Build-a-Bots team, said: “Having worked countless hours since September it was unreal that our robot won the game. The whole day was an amazing experience and we all really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to go to Detroit.”
Éadaoin White, the team’s coach, said: “We’re so proud of the team and really excited to have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the world championship in Detroit. The hard work and dedication of all involved over the last few months has been incredible. It was great that the children got to experience STEM learning outside of the classroom with children from all over the country.”
Lowri Walton, FIRST® LEGO® League IET Education Manager, added: “FIRST® LEGO® League allows young people to experience engineering in action. As well as bringing excitement to STEM subjects, the students get hands-on experience with robotics and designing innovative solutions to real-world problems.
“There is a great need for young people with STEM skills to fill the next generation of engineering role and we are excited to see such bright young engineering minds in FIRST® LEGO® League.”
The event was part of the largest ever FIRST® LEGO® League Final with over 500 young people attending three finals, all keen to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication.
The IET is proud to be the FIRST® LEGO® League’s UK and Ireland operational partner. Supporting the competition is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
For more information about this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League competition, please visit http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/index.cfm.