The Camden Education Trust (in association with SAP) hosted the very first World Robot Olympiad in Ireland on Saturday 16 November in Galway.
30 students in total took part in the competition from 3 Galway schools: St. Augustine’s NS Clontuskert, St. Annin’s NS Rosscahill and Clarinbridge NS.
Various award categories included the Champion’s Award won by Matthew Coolahan and Oran Tsuaraujo from Clarinbridge National School for their project ‘FBD Futuristic Bus Designers’, the Teamwork Award won by Éabha Doyle, Rachel Thomas and Mary Boyd from St Annins Rosscahill with their project ‘Futuristics’ and the Rising Star Award won by ‘Lego Programmers’ Harry Campbell and Aoife McDonagh from Clontuskert NS.
Among the students in attendance was Katelyn Culleton from St Augustines, Clontuskert National School who spoke on Climate Change in The Dail last week.
In partnership with SAP, the Camden Education Trust have introduced this new Robotic event to Ireland for the first time. It was no surprise that they won the licence to run this event based on previous success organising LEGO Robotic events.
The Camden Education Trust Chief Executive Bernard Kirk, said: “This is a pilot event where we are working with Galway schools. We are back in Galway due to our positive experience with teachers in Galway over the past 21 years. The Camden Education Trust sees this competition growing to be national in the next 2/3 years and we are extremely excited about the feedback from the teachers, on the teaching and learning involved in the World Robot Olympiad. “
Bernard Kirk is well renowned for his dedication to education in Galway and further afield. Upon retiring as Director of the Galway Education Centre, he established the Camden Education Trust which focuses on teacher training internationally.
Other Camden Education Trust projects include Africa Code Week, one of the largest digital literacy initiatives organised on the African continent.