FIRST Lego League - Munster Finals 2022

12 May 2022

Students from secondary schools around Munster (Christ King Cork, Christian Brothers School Charleville, Colaiste Daibhead, SMGS Blarney, St Colman’s College Fermoy, Christian Brothers School Cork) presented their projects at the grand final of the FIRST Lego League on May 8th.

This event is all about providing hands-on STEM experience to these students through  three FIRST® LEGO® League programmes, delivered throughout Ireland by the IET and Learnit.

Our own event was overseen by staff from the School of Engineering and Architecture, UCC and students from the Engineers without Borders Society took place in the Student Hub recently. The competition was opened by Professor Sarah Culloty, Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, followed by introductions from Dr Emanuel Popovici of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at UCC and Ethan Hussey from the Engineers without Borders society (EWB).

Rose Delaney from the EWB Society commented:

"We were delighted to be part of the FIRST Lego League. Inspiring future engineers and scientists is at the heart of EWBs mission as we strive to build a more sustainable future for all. Events such as this one allow young students to experience what it is like to be an engineer in a very enjoyable way."

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Dr Emanuel Popovici, School of Engineering, Niamh Crowley, Padraig Anthony Dennehy, Engineers Without Borders, Prof Sarah Culloty, Head, College of SEFS, Rose Marie Delaney, Ethank Hussey, Ian O’Keefe, Engineers without Borders, Dr Kevin McCarthy, School of Engineering.

Dr. Emanuel Popovici, EEE, SFI MaREI Centre, and Insight Centre for Data Analytics commented:

“It was a fantastic engineering event in the Student Hub, bursting with energy and filled with fun and also great prizes. Many thanks to Qualcomm (the main sponsors) and their staff volunteers, thank you to LearnIT for some outstanding workshops and the final show, and mostly to the inspiring student teams from across Cork/Munster who displayed an exhibition like no other. Engineering is fun! Engineering has a great future with these students!”

School of Engineering and Architecture

Scoil na hInnealtóireachta

Electrical Engineering Building, UCC, College Road, Cork.