Robot-building schoolkids to go head-to-head in Midleton

1 December 2015
By Bryan Smyth
bryan@TheCork.ie

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Over 100 pupils from 20 Cork schools to face off in EMC VEX Robotics competition at St Colman’s in Midleton Friendly tournament held ahead of 2015/16 season finals in January 2016.

Cork pupils will participate in a friendly EMC VEX Robotics tournament on 4 December, ahead of the EMC VEX Robotics 2015/16 season finals in January.

At St Colman’s Community College in Midleton this Friday, 20+ teams comprising of over 100 secondary school students from local Cork schools will pit their robotic creations against their rivals’ in a mix of pre-determined challenges.

The friendly tournament will be the biggest EMC VEX event to date since its introduction to Ireland in 2012, with an even larger turnout expected at the finals in January.

EMC VEX is an initiative designed to teach primary and secondary school children the value of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and drive an interest in technology.

Guided by EMC, participating schools set teams of pupils to work planning, designing and building robots programmed or remote controlled to complete particular tasks.

Martin O’Flaherty, EMC VEX Robotics Program Manager, said: “It’s inspiring to see schools take up the opportunity to run VEX Robotics events in their own schools. They help improve our children’s prospects for the future and are a showcase for how advanced Irish schools have become in supporting STEM programs.”

The EMC VEX Robotics 2015/16 season finals will take place from 28-30 January 2016.

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