Friday 19 April 2019

Robotics programmes to encourage STEM interest

Two robotics programmes will take place in Fingal County Council Offices as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme.

Both events run from 10am until 4pm on Saturday November 24, in Grove Road, Blanchardstown and Saturday December 1, in The Atrium in County Hall, Swords.

One of Ireland's leading creators of entertainment and educational robotics, Mechatrons, will begin the day with 'Ingenious Machines'.

The company have consulted on and created amazing special effects and props for movies and television shows.

Their exhibit includes a Minecraft Creeper, R2D2 and 'a1-ex', a walking, talking 'cyber life form' from another planet.

Fingal's County Librarian, Betty Boardman said: 'With such a young and diverse population in Fingal, it is vital that we invest in resources that allow them to explore science, technology, engineering and maths.

'Programmes like the Robotics workshops allow young people to engage with STEM subjects in a stimulating and creative way.'

Mechatrons are also offering three SESCA Robotics Workshops for ages 12+, using 'Arduino-based SESCA robotics kits.'

These workshops will take place from 10.30am until 11.30am; 12.30pm until 1.30pm, and 2.30pm until 3.30pm.

At 1:30pm, the company will facilitate a presentation by world-renowned robotics expert Professor Peter Redmond.

At this unique event, Professor Redmond will take the audience on a fascinating and enthralling journey that promises to 'blur the boundaries between robots in science fiction, and robots in real life.'

Fingal Independent