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DIT RoboSlam team inspire future engineers

Posted: 13 May, 2015

Following their recent successful workshop during the two-day Tech Week event in Dublin Castle, the DIT RoboSlam team is back in action this week for the Engineer Your Future event.

Sponsored by Engineers Ireland, this will be a week of fun and activities for  transition year students, taking place in DIT Bolton Street.  Students will get a hands-on introduction to engineering, including learning how to build bridges, and how to design, build and programme their own robot car with the help of the RoboSlam team.  They will also have a chance to compete individually and in teams for some great prizes.

During Tech Week, the RoboSlam team, led by Dr. Ted Burke, delivered a very popular workshop to a group of twenty-four pupils from St. Brigid’s National School, Foxrock.  The team included students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, as well as colleagues Frank Duignan, Shannon Chance, Shane Ormonde, Tasya O'Connell and Damon Berry.  You can listen to Damon’s interview on RTE’s Tech Central Digital Radio programme.

During the workshop the children were given an opportunity to build Sumo Robots themselves and the activity drew lots of interest from other visitors, including Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humpreys TD who attended the event.

Tech Week is organised by the Irish Computer Society and supported by Science Foundation Ireland.  The two-day programme included a competition for junior social entrepreneurs, the Irish finals of the F1 in Schools Challenge and the national finals of the Scratch coding competition.