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Rise of the Machines - Robots to take over Fingal

Two robotics programmes will take place in Fingal County Council Offices as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme.

Both events run from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday 24, November in Grove Road, Blanchardstown and Saturday 1, December in The Atrium in County Hall, Swords.

One of Ireland’s leading creators of entertainment and educational robotics Mechatrons will begin the day with ‘Ingenious Machines’. The company have consulted on and created amazing special effects and props for movies and television shows. Their exhibit includes a Minecraft Creeper, R2D2 and a1-ex, a cyber lifeform from another planet, who can walk and talk.

Fingal’s County Librarian, Betty Boardman said: “With such a young and diverse population in Fingal, it is vital that we invest in resources that allow them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Programmes like the Robotics workshops allow young people to engage with STEM subjects in a stimulating and creative way.”

Mechatrons are also offering three SESCA Robotics Workshops for ages 12+, using Arduino-based SESCA robotics kits. These workshops will take place from 10:30am until 11:30am; 12:30pm until 1:30pm, and 2:30pm until 3:30pm. Booking is essential.

At 1:30pm, the company will facilitate a presentation by word-renowned robotics expert Professor Peter Redmond. Professor Redmond will take the audience on a journey that blurs the boundaries between robots in science fiction, and robots in real life.

Mechatrons will also run a drop in session, from 10am – 4pm where visitors can watch their robots play football. The match includes a stadium and lights and the robot teams are audience driven.

The Academy of Code will also offer a taste of coding in short demonstrations and introductory workshops throughout the day, starting from 10am. We will also welcome back E2 Young Engineers, who took part in the Blanchardstown Library STEMfest celebration in July, with their LEGO® Bricks Challenge, which introduces children to STEM subjects in a fun and interesting way. These workshops take place from 10am until 11:15am, 11:45am until 1pm, and from 1:30pm until 2:45pm and booking is essential.

To book your place at any of these events, in either location, please visit Blanchardstown Library, call 01 890 5560, or email