Lucan girl guides showcase skills at Lego League finals

by Padraig Conlon

Two Lucan girls were part of a group of Irish Girl Guides that recently competed in the First Lego League finals in DCU.

Corrina O’Rafferty (11) and Kerenza Talbot (11) of Lucan Guides spent several months working on their project, which explored how astronauts cope with homesickness.

Their other team-mates, all members of the Irish Girl Guides, came from all around the country, which made working together challenging.

They met five times for full day workshops in DCU’s Lego Innovation Studio and chose the team-name CLWKD, which uses the initials of the counties they came from – Cork, Clare, Limerick, Wexford, Kildare and Dublin.

As well as developing a research project based on identifying a human physical or social problem faced during long-duration space exploration and proposing a solution, the girls also had to design, build and programme a robot to undertake various challenges on a themed playing field during the final.

The First Lego League is an international competition involving children and young people from age 11 to 16 from 80 countries.

The teams operate under a signature core set of values, which include teamwork, sharing of experience, discovery, the spirit of friendly competition and co-operation.

“I really enjoyed taking part and I feel, now that I have been working with everyone, I work better in groups,” said Corrina.

IGG chief commissioner Helen Concannon said: “The girls have developed their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) skills through this project and learned how to harness each person’s individual skills so as to create amazing group projects.

“Working together, they have valued each person’s contribution and impressed us with their ingenuity.

“They are excellent role models for our younger members and prove the relevance of STEM to all – both boys and girls.”

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