On 11 February four second year Douglas Community School students will attempt to defend the title of Lego Mindstorms Robotics Champions won last year. The team of Jordan Smith, Daniel Mason, Michael McLaughlin and Eoghan O’Brien have been hard at work learning the new skills involved in robotics and model construction. They then had to build a completely new robot from scratch to complete the task. With minimal help from myself, they have the task well on the way to completion. Jordan even developed a new program that the team of helpers from UCC had never seen before. The task is to drop a ball picked up from a mount into a basket some distance away. ‘Repeating it is to be the hard task,’ reckons Jordan the programmer. ‘We get points fro each time you do it so once is not enough.’
With the construction falling on the group as a whole, Michael and Eoghan are learning to solder to make the scoreboard. ‘Really a different skill to what I’m used to but I’m getting there,’ says Eoghan. It is clear they have already learned so much they feel the competition is only a small part of the challenge.
Good luck to the lads against more than twenty other schools!