Midlands Regional VEX Robotics Competition

The Midlands Regional (Post Primary) VEX Robotics Competition is taking place on Tue 23rd Jan in Coláiste Choilm Tullamore and we have 25 teams taking part…19 of these teams are from the Midlands https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-23-4953.html#teams

This years the teams will play the “Over Under” game https://www.vexrobotics.com/v5/competition/vrc-current-game and I just want to let our Midlands ICT group know it’s taking place and to invite anyone who wished to attend. If anyone would like to get involved or be a referee etc that would be most welcome…last year David Caulfield – Zinkworks was a referee and Barbara Quinn – Ericsson was a judge, so hopefully we’ll get 1 or 2 more this year. There isn’t a lot to it and we’ll go through everything with you. It’s good fun 😊. If you or additional colleagues would simply like to attend and want to manage your time commitment, it is advised to join from midday, after the preliminary matches take place.

Photographer and Videographer will be capturing the event and we will be creating content under Midlands Ireland brand. If you would like to do a short piece to camera that would be great but not required.

We are going to have an exhibit area for students to engage with industry about potential career pathway for students interested in software engineering, coding, engineering, robotics and manufacturing. The venue will be bustling with students from the region and it is a great opportunity to highlight the opportunities your companies can offer them directly on their doorstep.

We also have a few companies from the Advanced Manufacturing regional cluster attending and this cluster has sponsored 3 teams from their Dreambig programme and they will be competing in the competition. These teams are made up of students from the midlands counties.

The venue is

Coláiste Choilm
O’Moore Street
R35 WF97

The Competition Agenda is:

  • 09:00 – 10:00 : Inspection opens, check in, Skills Fields Open and Practice Matches begin
  • 09:00 – 10:00 : 2 fields open for practice matches, 2 fields open for robot skills
  • 10:15 – 12:45 Qualification matches (Each team gets 8 matches)
  • 12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break and all 4 arenas open for robot skills
  • 13:45 – 14:00 Alliance Selection
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Finals
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Closing Ceremony
  • 15:30 Finish

As per https://www.midlandsireland.ie/business/clusters/ – “Across the Midlands, Smart Specialisation is seeing a number of Industry Clusters grow and develop. Our regional clusters are creating ecosystems which aid economic growth for partners by focusing on cooperation and collaboration. Our clusters bring together the triple helix of Industry, Government and Education to ensure continued competitive advantage for members, and for our region.” The 4 arenas will be called:

  • Government Arena
  • Industry Arena
  • Education Arena
  • Offaly Arena

The partners/sponsors etc will be listed under each arena(below list is only draft at the minute):

Government Arena

  • Offaly County Council
  • Laois County Council
  • Westmeath County Council
  • Longford County Council
  • Department of Rural and Community Development
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Government of Ireland

Offaly Arena

  • Offaly County Council
    • Information and Communications Technology
    • Libraries
    • Engineering Departments
  • Offaly Libraries
  • Offaly Local Development Company
  • Offaly Local Enterprise Office

Industry Arena

  • Local Enterprise Offices (Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath)
  • Midland Ireland Regional Clusters
    • ICT Cluster
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Engineering
    • Food and Drink
  • DreamBig – To DreamBig – You don’t need to go far
  • Companies – List of companies attending on the day
  • Dell Technologies Ireland

Education Arena

  • Munster Technological University
  • Atlantic Technological University (Donegal Letterkenny & Galway)
  • Technological University of the Shannon
  • Primary and Post Primary School in the Midlands
  • Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board
  • Athlone & Laois Education Centre
  • Professional Development Service for Teachers
  • Science Foundation Ireland


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