ST Peter’s National School in Monasterevin was among the winners of the VEX IQ Robotics competition held in IT Carlow on Friday 6 March. The school took home one of the top prizes on the day, having been awarded first place in the Driver Skills Challenge.
The event was attended by 400 primary school children who had been preparing for the competition since October 2019. They spent months building and enabling their own robots to take part in the contest, which was organised by the Institute’s Student Services and assisted by a team from the Faculty of Engineering, the Computing Services Department, Estates and the Sports Office.
Participants had to use both driver control and the autonomous programme they had written to operate their robot in the ‘arena’ at IT Carlow’s sports hall. The students also had a chance to tour the campus, meet academic staff and enjoy a science demonstration.
“We congratulate all the schools and their hardworking teachers for their huge efforts,” said David Denieffe, IT Carlow Vice-President for Academic Affairs. “Seeing science and maths come to life outside the classroom, and engaging in engineering and coding, shows young people the enormous and exciting opportunities that lie ahead of them in STEM and we would love to see these young students return to Institute of Technology Carlow as undergraduates in a few years’ time.”