The winning team from Leinster's FLL finals with their robot.
The winning team from Leinster's FLL finals will go on to compete in the UK & Ireland finals.

The HydrOHeads from Rosmini Community School in Drumcondra won Leinster’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) finals on Saturday at Dublin City University Institute of Education.

FIRST stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’, and the FLL is an international competition for students 11 to 16-years-old.

“The First LEGO League is so much more than a robotics competition,” said Ross Maguire from Learnit.

“It is a platform for students to discover the world of STEM and to collaborate on real-world problems.

“These young people took the first steps to becoming tomorrow’s innovators, creators and problem solvers.”

Learnit runs programs to help children explore STEM fields and brought the FLL to schools in Leinster and Munster.

Seven teams from schools in Dublin and Wicklow competed in Saturday’s FLL finals.

Ross Maguire from Learnit, Diarmuid McNamara a teacher from Rosmini Community School and a student watch a robot compete.
Ross Maguire from Learnit, Diarmuid McNamara a teacher from Rosmini Community School and a student watch a robot compete.

Participating teams not only presented a robot they’d designed, built and programmed from scratch using LEGO Mindstorms, but also a research project on this year’s topic, hydro-dynamics.

Some of the research projects presented include an app to help people measure water use, songs about responsible water use and research into products that could convert urine back into drinking water.

“As an engineering teacher, I strive to get the students more interested in all the practical aspects of the subject,” said Diarmuid from Rosmini Community School in Drumconda.

“This project gives students, who may never have about a career in STEM, an insight as to what it might look like.

“Some of our students have taken time this year to visit college open days to find out more about engineering, computer science and coding. Previously, they might never have considered STEM in further education.”

The HydrOHeads will represent Leinster in the UK & Ireland Finals in Bristol on Saturday, February 24.