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.
Our Industry Mentors are Micheal O’Coileain and Phil Miesle from Intel. The co-operating teacher is Mark Sweeney.
Well done to our 2018/19 team ‘Cloud Nine’ comprising Rebecca Keane, Úna Ní Choiléain, Lily Price, Emily Toner, Aoife Reilly and Clara Feeney who won the Regional Final in LIT on 27 March. They have now qualified for the National Final on 2 & 3 May.