2015 WINNERS:The results of the day were as follows



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 !

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

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.


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.”



Team SAP Ireland compete at the Canadian International Open FLL Tournament in Toronto

Team SAP Ireland compete at the Canadian International Open FLL Tournament in Toronto

A team of six students from St Gerald’s College, Castlebar recently took part in a huge robotics tournament in Toronto, Canada from June 3rd to 8th.


The FLL tournament organised by the global FIRST foundation comprised 72 teams from 26 countries competing in the FLL Canadian International Open. The event was hugely entertaining and educational for all involved and was made even better by running it in the huge multicultural exciting city of Toronto.

See: http://www.firstroboticscanada.org/main/ for further info.

The team (called Team SAP Ireland) to represent Ireland were chosen at the Irish FLL Final organised by The Galway Education Centre and Robotics Ireland with both financial sponsorship andvolunteer/mentor assistance provided by the global software multinational SAP –http://global.sap.com/uk/ireland/index.epx

The team, all TY students from St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar comprised the following students and coach:

Evan Heneghan
Calum Kyne
James Mc Ginty
Barry Chambers
Conor Geraghty
Donal Boyle
Declan Askin (Coach)

St. Gerald’s has had many teams represent both the school and the country at international competitions over the past years and this team continued the great tradition, competing at a very high standard in both the Robot Design and Robot Game aspects of the competition.

Judges were also hugely impressed by the fact that the team had undertaken a new research project on the theme of flood prevention in basements – specifically tailored to the Canadian tournament – in addition to the project they undertook for the Irish competition.

Team SAP Ireland missed out on an award this trip with the overall Champion’s Award going to the Turkish team.

All winners can be found here: 


The team, their parents and the school are hugely grateful to SAP for their continued sponsorship of the competition and also to the Galway Education Centre and Robotics Ireland for organising the Irish Final.

This is a link to a Dropbox folder containing photos, videos and newspaper info (also attached) on the trip: 





EU Robotics Week Ireland 2013




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