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‘Mel Gibson’ wins Mini Sumo war as Castlebar kids dominate robotics champs

‘Mel Gibson’ wins Mini Sumo war as Castlebar kids dominate robotics champs

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Brave-hearted team ‘Mel Gibson’ out-muscled all challengers to take the Mini Sumo title with its Lethal Weapon of a robot at this year’s Irish Robotics Championship, with ‘The German Whip’ taking the Line Follower F1 prize.

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This edition of the competition was held in Galway, with champions ‘Mel Gibson’ and the runners up in both sections, ‘The Speedster’ and ‘Calid’, each coming from St. Gerald’s College in Castlebar.

Supported by EA Games, the competition pits rival robots from schools throughout the country against one another to battle it out for the coveted trophies, with this edition seeing 450 second-level students competing.

Part of the EXCITED initiative – of which Siliconrepublic.com are media partners – this really cool project is part of a Department of Education platform exploring the integration of technology into education.

Despite the appeal of robot competitions globally – BBC’s Robot Wars, for example, was one of the greatest shows ever made – this is the only such competition aimed exclusively at secondary students, with girls making up more than 40pc of competitors.

“The Irish Robotics Championship is a great way to engage teenagers in the design and construction of robots, which we are really pleased to support,” said Donal Doherty of EA Games.

“With the number of participating students from across Ireland growing year-on-year we are excited for the future of gaming and robotics in Ireland and are happy to be involved in this great project.”

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2015 WINNERS:The results of the day were as follows

 

2015 WINNERS

The results of the day were as follows:

Supporters/Teamwork Award 2015
Winners: St. Leo’s College, Carlow

Line Follower GP Champion Robot
Winner:  Ioan Cracium, Mangirdas Trumpis, Mateusz Juszczak with robot ‘The German Whip’
School: St Aidans CBS, Whitehall, Dublin

Line Follower F1 Champion Robot
Winner: Calum Kyne with robot ‘Speed Demon’
School: St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Mini Sumo Robot Design & Programming Award
Winners: Lee Davitt & Rory Quinn Bailie with robot ‘Residence Evil’
School: St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Best Mini Sumo Individual Robot
Winner: Shane Gavin with robot ‘Mr. Happy’
School: Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Best Mini Sumo Team Robot
Winner: David Corley & Calum Kyne with robot ‘Calid’
School: St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Mini Sumo Overall Champion Robot
Winner: Barry Chambers & Kirrell O Dowd with robot ‘Team Mel Gibson’
School: St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone – it was a fantastic display of technological skills, design, creativity and consistency !


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