Challenge brings robotics to life at VEX regional finals in Limerick’s MIC

Jess Casey

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Leanne Magay, Shanzay Noma, Rebecca Rickus, Maggie Doherty, Yannichell Dernnick and Aoife Frawley of Salesians Primary School Limerick Picture:Arthur Ellis

Leanne Magay, Shanzay Noma, Rebecca Rickus, Maggie Doherty, Yannichell Dernnick and Aoife Frawley of Salesians Primary School Limerick Picture:Arthur Ellis

ROBOTS sprang to life at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick as more than 700 students and teachers showcased their DELL EMC projects while competing in the VEX regional finals.

For the second year in a row, 25 school teams from Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Cork competed in the VEX Robotics Challenge, which sees students designing and developing their own robots. 

The VEX Robotics Challenge helps young people develop STEAM skills for life, according to MIC director of enterprise and community engagement Dr Maeve Liston. 

“The children impressed the judges immensely on the day, not only their robotics skills but also their innovation, creativity, team work and presentation skills,” Dr Liston said.  

Five Limerick primary schools will now move forward to the DELL EMC national finals, to take place at Cork Institute of Technology later this month.

Lisnagry National School, Gaelscoil an Ráithín, Mahoonagh National School in Castlemahon, Scoil Íde in Corbally and Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh in Roxborough will compete for a spot at the VEX World Competition in Kentucky in April.