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Sunday 19 November 2017

Dundalk Girl Guides shine at Lego event

Nicki and Maggie Cumiskey from Dundalk Girl Guides Senior Branch
Nicki and Maggie Cumiskey from Dundalk Girl Guides Senior Branch

Olivia Ryan

Girl power reigned at the Lego Robotics Academy held in DCU last week, where members of the Irish Girl Guides Senior branch Dundalk showed they were a dab hand at coding and engineering!

Sisters Maggie and Nicki Cumiskey, who are members of the newly former Girl Guides Senior branch from Dundalk were thrilled to have represented the town at the national event.

Their proud mum Christine, who is also the branch leader, explained it was an empowering experience. 'The academy was aimed at encouraging the interest of young women and teenagers into careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). They found it fascinating, having learned how programme a lego robot and make it do a set activity.'

She explained that the new Senior branch Girl Guides have had a 'fantastic response' to the setting up of the new group in Dundalk, meeting every Wednesday from 7.30 - 9pm in the Community Rooms at Tesco Extra.

'The branch is aimed at girls aged 14 to 25 years. We decided to set it up after realising there wasn't a lot of activity for girls that age in town, apart from sport or dance.'

She added that the Girl Guides are unique in the range of activities for young women. 'We will be heading to the Skypark in Carlingford in the next few weeks, which the group are really looking forward to.' New members are welcome to go along to weekly meetings at Tesco Extra, Wednesday from 7.30 to 9p.m.

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