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Mission to Mars

From 26-30 June 2017, 22 Senior Branch members descended on the DCU St. Patrick’s campus for the week to take part in the IGG Lego Robotics Mission to Mars Summer Academy.

We were kept very busy all week. Every morning we arrived into the Lego Education and Innovation Studio at 10 am and would spend the days building and programming robots made out of Lego to attempt different challenges that would be associated with colonising Mars.

We learned how to make the robots move forward and backward and how to combine three robots to pull a plant sample and then we moved on to the more compilcated challenges. Some of the challenges included engaging a satellite, launching a rocket, rescuing a Mars rover and rescuing some astronauts from the moon.

We used the Lego robotics software to programme the robots. We were able to drag and drop blocks on the screen to program the bots, so none of us had to write any complicated code that most people would associate with robotics, and it was a huge relief for everyone!

We learned how to make the robots move forward and backward and how to combine three robots to pull a plant. We finished the workshops at 4pm and IGG had a whole range of different activities organised for us. We went to the cinema, we visited the Google headquarters, we tried trampolining and rock-climbing. There really was something for everyone!

I was really nervous to be the only girl from my Unit going to this event, but even though I didn’t know any of the other girls beforehand, we all became very close very quickly.