Encouraging young people to build and program their own robots has proved to be a big hit with school children in Donegal.
Martin Bradley, a lecturer in the electronic engineering department at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), pioneered an after-school robotics programme to help encourage students to become inspired by engineering.
The Mobile Robot programme was first introduced in December 2011 at Crana College in Buncrana with Sean McFadden, an engineering teacher at the school.
The programme taught young students how to program a light-following robot and older students how to build and program it.
“I felt if we could engage young students in engineering in a practical way it would make the subject enjoyable and accessible. Robots seemed to me to be an imaginative way to get the students’ attention,” explains Martin.
The Mobile Robot programme has since moved to other secondary schools such as Magh Ene College Bundoran, Carndonagh Community School and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. Primary schools Scoil Cholmcille Newtowncunningham, Scoil Iosagain Buncrana, St Mary’s National School Malin Head and Scoil Naomh Padraig Drumfries have also been introduced to the programme.
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