Castletroy SAPTRONICS, our school LEGO team won the Robot Challenge Award at the 4th National Final of the FIRST Lego League which took place on Saturday January 8th ,2011 in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, where we competed against 24 other schools from all around the country. The members of the winning team were Melanie Carmody; Project researcher/organiser, Amelia Glynn ;Attachment builder and profiler, Ronan O’Riordan; Profiler and interviewer, Ryan Barrett; Chief programmer, Ryan Lewis; Project manager/captain, Stephen Griffin;Graphic designer (posters), Sean-James Gibbons; Chief Lego robot builder and engineer, as well as co-programmer.
This year’s challenge was “Can FIRST® LEGO® League Teams improve our quality of life?” Through this 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, we explored the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives. The team presented their project on “The Smart Insulin Pump” to a team of judges. They then competed in a robot game, where their robot had to do 14 missions/tasks in two and a half minutes. There was also a technical interview, where judges asked the team questions about the design of the robot.
The team has also been nominated for a Silver CREST Award. CREST is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). CREST was established over 23 years ago. This is first time that Irish schools have been recognised and nominated for such an award. There will be an award ceremony for the team on February 22nd in St. Patrick in Drumcondra where President Mary McAleese will meet the team. Well Done!! Anyone interested in Lego Robots can join Castletroy Lego Club which holds weekly building meeting in the library during Thursday lunch.