It has been another great year of success for Dalriada’s Robotics club. Coming off the back from what felt like a UK tour of competition finals in 2013, it seemed that this year couldn’t get any better.
In December, the team competed in the annual First Lego League tournament at the Odyssey arena, Belfast.
FLL Tournament @ Odyssey Arena, Belfast
The First Lego League tournament is an annual robotics tournament held world-wide. It comprises of several challenges; the two main ones being competing against other schools with your own robotic creation and presenting an innovative solution to a real world problem. This was the third year Dalriada entered the competition, which was ably captained by Oliver Warke.
Well, once again, our Robotics team couldn’t fail to disappoint and they walked away with the special merit (best overall performance) prize for points accumulated in all aspects of the tournament. A word of thanks must go to our mentors Andrew Mulholland and Claire Crawford for all their hard work and assistance in getting the team ready for the competition.
Special thanks also to our sponsors Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) for providing the equipment necessary for the competition and also the registration fee.
On the 12th-14th March, the Dalriada Robotics club travelled again but this time, back over to the mainland to compete against other schools from the UK in the National Science & Engineering Competition in Birmingham. To date, this was the most prestigious competition yet, and certainly the most nerve-wracking.