Our school participated in  the CanSat Competition for the first time in 2016/17.

The competition involves designing, building and testing the CanSat. We are participating again in 2018/19.

A CanSat is a simulation of a real life satellite, contained within the volume of a 330ml soft-drinks can. The Primary Mission of the CanSat is to remotely measure temperature and pressure,and transmit the data to the ground-station (laptop computer). In addition to a computer (Arduino UNO microcontroller), radio communications module, sensors and power supply, the CanSat will eventually need a parachute to land safely after launch from high altitude (e.g. from a rocket, balloon, plane).

A major part of the CanSat competition requires the student teams to analyse and present their data (and other work) to an audience.

We are having ongoing support from Ms.Emer Cahill, Lecturer Electronic Engineering GMIT, and Dr. Denis O’Mahony, Lecturer Mechanical Engineering GMIT. Our Industry Mentors are Micheal O’Coileain and Phil Miesle from Intel. The co-operating teacher is Mark Sweeney.

Well done to our  2017/18 team comprising Aobh Keatin, Emer Keane, Maryam Rayman, Alannah Moore and Gail Norton who represented  Coláiste Muire in the national final in Birr on 26th April 2018!