Roboball game wins Intel top prize for Limerick's Scoil Ide

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Winners Ben Sheehan, Eva Donnelly, Conor Mulcahy and Cian Mulcahy from Scoil Ide, Corbally Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

Winners Ben Sheehan, Eva Donnelly, Conor Mulcahy and Cian Mulcahy from Scoil Ide, Corbally Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

FOUR bright students from Limerick have scooped top prize at a national science competition with an original robotics game they programmed themselves.

Ben Sheehan, Eva Donnelly, Conor Mulcahy and Cian Mulcahy, Scoil Ide, Corbally, were crowned the winners of the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final for their project RoboBall - Humans v Computer.

The Intel Mini Scientist, which is now in its 11th year, gives primary school students from 4th, 5th and 6th class, the chance to explore science.

Scoil Ide beat almost 8,000 other students from 135 schools with their project; a complex game they created using the coding language JavaScript. 

The object of the game is to score goals by controlling a robot, which is hindered by autonomous blocking robots, aiming to prevent the user from scoring a goal.

The students also added goal line technology and an electronic scoreboard to their impressive technology, all through the use of JavaScript.

Projects were exhibited at the Helix to a panel of expert judges who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects. 

Education Minister Richard Bruton, who awarded the students the top prize, said it was fantastic to see such energy and passion for the STEM subjects. 

“We are living in a world that is being transformed by digital technology and it’s crucial that our education system responds. I’d like to congratulate all the students, teachers and of course parents who worked on all the projects who partook in the program."

Vice president of the new technology group at Intel Noel Murphy also was on hand to present awards to the students.

 ”What we at Intel love about this competition is you start with your own class, your own teacher, your friends,” he said.

“That’s really science, working with your friends, looking at the world around you and trying to understand a little more about how that world works.”

As part of the prize for the overall winning project, Scoil Ide will receive a grant of €1000 from Intel.