The future is now: Sumo wrestling robots

Fifth annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition rocked Limerick last weekend. OVER 120 primary school students tried their self-designed sumo wrestling robots.

And it was an occasion to remember for Kate Cremin, Adam White and Rían Lynch from Scoil Mhuire National School, Broadford who were overall winners of the competition.

Due to its increasing popularity, the organisers have expanded the competition. It also facilitates learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a fun environment.

Through these workshops, over 900 students working in teams, got to design, build and test their own robots.

Lego Mindstorms technology was used to create the robots which competed against each other for the school prize. They also got the opportunity to represent their school in the 2019 Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics Final Competition.

Brendan O’Dowd, General Manager, Industrial Automation, Analog Devices, said the competition was a great opportunity:

“They also learn that technology isn’t something to be avoided but rather a challenge to be relished”, he explained.

Mervyn Horgan from Learn it commented:

“The response to the workshops has been fantastic. During each school visit, we have seen the children’s enthusiasm and energy for STEM grow over the course of the day.”

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