Grand finale of the Mechathon underwater robot competition begins

The final round of Mechathon, an Irish Maritime Robotics Tournament, begins today. The tournament is a joint venture between the Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation, Cork Institute of Technology, the Irish Naval Service, MaREI, Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Tyco and the Tyndall National Institute. Each team will battle it out to design and build a fully operational underwater robot. The competition is a creative and innovative way to draw attention to the maritime sector in a fun and engaging way.

The event began back in May in the offices of Tyco with an IdeaGen session where the teams brainstormed designed ideas. The I WISH Programme, that aims to encourage more female students to get an interest in the fields of science technology engineering and maths, paired up secondary students with each of the teams.

Each team had three months to build a robot with the ability to manoeuvre underwater. The grand finale will takes place today at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility at the Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy. Only one team will come out on top to claim the coveted title.

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