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New kids on the Lego block

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:52pm

Two creative Cork Girl Guides competed in the First Lego League finals which took place in DCU recently.

Angela Sara Philips (14) of St Barbara’s Guides, Ballincollig, and Hazel Keohane (11) of Crosshaven Guides, along with teammates from counties all over the country, spent several months working on their project which explored how astronauts cope with homesickness.

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.

“It was a challenge to get to know each other, let alone work together,” said Angela Sara.

“Slowly but surely, however, we realised our strengths and our potential as a team. We overcame the geographical barriers and, even though we faced problems, we faced them as a group and solved everything.”

The girls were members of one of two Irish Girl Guides teams to take part in the international competition which featured children and young people from age 11 to 16 from 80 countries.

Irish Guide Girls Chief Commissioner, Helen Concannon, said: “Working together, the girls have valued each person’s contribution and impressed us with their ingenuity. They are excellent role models for our younger members.”

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