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Big battle of the little robot-builders

first_imgWhatsApp Pictured at the Primary School Robotics Competition is Evan Meehan, Gaelscoil O Doghair, Castletoy Limerick.IT WAS the battle of the giants, waged by little people. More than 100 primary school students went head to head and big body to big body with their self- designed sumo wrestling robots at the fourth annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition.And last stranding in the Sumo ring were students from Killoughteen N.S. who were crowned the 2018 Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Champions at the challenge which took place in Limerick this weekend.Supported by ON Semiconductor, the competition saw teams of 10 to 12 year olds from 30 schools across Limerick city and county pit their rival robots against each other.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Parents, family and friends were all in attendance to support the children during the highly competitive finale which saw the teams attempting to force each other’s robots out of a circular ring.Pictured at the Primary School Robotics Competition is Rachael Irwin, Christ the Saviour National School, Cloontemple, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick.William Ahern, Evan Broderick and Jack Kelly from Killoughteen National School won the overall competition and Noah Connell, Anna Gleeson and Nikolay Stioakine from Monaleen National School were runners up.The day-long competition started with an Advanced Robotics Workshop where teams of three or 4 students designed and built their own innovative robots for a sumo wrestling style competition.The theme and game objective was only announced during the workshop allowing for the teams to be scored for their teamwork, design and innovation. In the afternoon, each team played 4 matches with the top 16 teams going forward to tense and exciting knock-out rounds where the final points were allocated.The aim of the hugely popular competition is to promote STEM amongst primary schools students by giving them the opportunity to design, build and program their own robots. It encourages team work, creativity and facilitates learning STEM principles in a fun environment. Year-on-year Analog Devices has expanded the competition to cater for the demand from schools wishing to participate.More local news here. Advertisement St Patricks NS win battle of the bots at Limerick’s Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition MIC awarded €350k towards next-generation STEAM initiative Facebook Email TAGSAnalog Devices Primary School Robotics Competitiongiantsprimary school studentsSTEM Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Previous articleApprenticeship evening for schoolsNext articlePublic urged to consider all care options as high volumes presenting at UHL Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img [email protected] competition to go online for Limerick students RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Colaiste Nano Nagle leading the way for girls in STEM – preparations underway for Teen-Turn’s SciFest 2020 Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal NewsBig battle of the little robot-buildersBy Bernie English – March 12, 2018 1123 Regeneron advises students to focus on STEM subjectslast_img read more

Karen Pittman & More Tapped for King Liz Off-Broadway

first_imgKaren Pittman, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Disgraced, will lead the world premiere of Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz. The Second Stage Theatre Uptown production will play the McGinn/Cazale Theatre beginning July 13 and run through August 8. Opening night is set for July 27. Lisa Peterson will direct.Pittman, who will play the titular role of Liz Rico, will be joined by Jeremie Harris as Freddie Luna, Michael Cullen as Mr. Candy, Russell G. Jones as Coach Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt as Barbara Flowers and Irene Sofia Lucio as Gabby Fuentes.In addition to Disgraced, Pittman appeared on Broadway in Good People and Passing Strange, as well as Domesticated off-Broadway. Cullen’s New York stage credits include Finks, Bug, Len, Asleep in Vinyl and Cobb. Harris has been seen in Father Comes Home From the Wars and The Urban Retreat on stage and in Bessie and A Walk Among the Tombstones on screen. Jones’s off-Broadway credits include Father Comes Home From the Wars and Ruined. Lagerfelt has appeared on Broadway in The Real Thing, Betrayal, The Philanthropist and Lend Me a Tenor. Lucio’s credits include Wit on Broadway.King Liz follows Liz Rico, a sports agent who, despite money and an elite client roster, must work twice as hard to stay on top in an industry dominated by men. When Freddie Luna, a high school basketball star with a troubled past enters, she seizes the opportunity to skyrocket his career as well as her own.The production will feature scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Darron L West. View Commentslast_img read more

Casinos celebrate as sports gambling begins

first_imgSeveral casinos around the state held ceremonies and began taking their first sports bets Thursday as it became legal at noon.The sports book operator counted down three-two-one and the ribbon was cut to cheers at the Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona, Republican state senate majority leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny says some Iowans were already betting illegally.“We decided the right path forward was to bring sports wagering out of the darkness into a controlled, regulated environment that offers consumer protection along the way,” Whitver says.The state will collect taxes from sports gambling, but it may only be a small percentage of what is already collected from casinos. Whitver and State Senator Tony Bisignano of Des Moines made the first bets at Prairie Meadows. Bisignano bet on the New York Yankees to win their game and Whitver – who was a standout wide receiver at Iowa State — picked the Cyclones to beat Iowa this year in football. Customers lined up after the ribbon cutting to place their bets.Mick Schminkey of Pleasant Hill put 40 dollars down on a few N-F-L preseason games. He says he’s been waiting for Iowa to approve sports gambling since the Supreme Court threw out a federal ban last year. Eventually Schminkey hopes to win a few bets, but this was for the experience.“It’s just fun to have that first bet in my pocket. I probably won’t ever throw this ticket away, unless I win,” Schminkey says. Iowa is one of the early states to adopt sport betting but others are close behind. Places like Oregon, Illinois and Indiana are working out the final details. A similar ceremony took place at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf . Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher placed the ceremonial first legal sports bet on his alma mater.“Seeing as though I am an Iowa grad, my son goes to school there, and I was actually Herky the Hawkeye while in school, I’m going to take the Hawkeyes in their season total wins to beat seven and a half,” Gallagher says. William Hill is running the sports betting for the Isle and Vice President Michael Grodsky says they are ready for sports gamblers.“Any questions you have at all or any concerns you have about how to bet or what way to make a bet, we are here for you,” Grodsky says. “We know this is brand new to the midwest, and we’re excited to be here.” Eighteen of the 19 state-licensed casinos plan to offer sports betting. Ten of them were ready to go for the first day and the rest are expected to complete the process in the next week or so.last_img read more