By Daniel Herlihy- TY Correspondent
Douglas Community School’s robotics squad performed admirably at the 2013 First Lego League at the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway on Saturday, January 19th.
A nine-strong team travelled west to compete against 27 other schools from across Ireland. The competition had four distinct sections: Robot Performance (Gavin McCarthy and James Hodkinson), where each robot had to perform a specific set of tasks; a Project was presented by Akhil Chellapuri, who proposed a device which could improve the memory of the elderly; Robot Technology was led by Gavin McCarthy, who displayed their robot’s programming to a panel of judges; and all of the team were involved in Core Values, where they discussed their time building the robot and how they came together as a group. A website was also created by David Barrett.
While the squad didn’t win any trophies, coach Neil Bronks was pleased with the overall performance, especially in the face of difficult conditions. “The robot’s light-sensors were very badly affected by the flashing lights at the competition – it was like a disco!” said Mr Bronks. We’ll hope that the hard work pays off better for the team in their next outing.
The team were as follows:
Gavin McCarthy (Capt.), James Hodkinson, Akhil Chellapuri, David Barrett, Luke Courtney, Peter Froggatt, Cillian Christie, Cian Adams and Luke Varian.
Kevin Cooke did not travel.