Four Limerick schools secure places in finals of Dell EMC competition

Julie McMahon of Dell and Jack McCarthy age 11 of Pallaskenry NS . Picture: Brian Arthur

Yesterday at the semi-final events of the Dell Vex Primary School Regional competition four Limerick primary school teams were successful in securing a place in the finals of the Dell Vex Robotics Challenge.

The Limerick schools moving forward to the final stages of the competition include Scoil Ide, Scoil Íosagáin CBS Primary School, Monaleen, and Scoil Mhuire Pallaskenry.

Dell, with the support of Mary Immaculate College hosted the semi-final stages of the competition at the Dell EMC Limerick Campus in Raheen Business Park yesterday. The first Dell VEX Robotics competition for secondary schools took place in 2012 with 10 teams competing. This year 98 teams are involved in the contest; 67 from primary schools and 31 from secondary schools. In total, 1,800 students from seven counties will participate over five days of events in the final stages of the competition.

Denis Kelly, Senior Vice-President for Consumer Services, Dell EMC said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Dell VEX Robotics semi-finals in Limerick today. At Dell EMC, we’re passionate about showcasing the exciting side of STEM subjects and the Dell VEX Robotics Challenge is a fun way for us to engage with students and encourage them to become the new innovators of their future.”

Dr Maeve Liston, Director of Enterprise and Community Engagement, Mary Immaculate College said: “It’s great to be here today witnessing the culmination of several months of engagement with schools across the Mid-West region. We were delighted when Dell approached us to be involved in this initiative. The emergence of STEM is now at centre stage in the education reform movement. There is a need to integrate STEM right across the education system”

The finals of the Primary School competition will take place on March 1st in Cork Institute of Technology with the overall winners getting a spot to compete at the VEX World Competition in Kentucky.

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