For many years TU Dublin School of Computer Science has been involved in CanSat, a European-wide competition for second level students run by the European Space Agency (ESA) run in conjunction with ESERO Ireland, BCO-CIT and SFI
Since its inception CanSat has been hugely successful in promoting STEM/STEAM throughout the country. In previous years as DIT we ran the Leinster Regional finals sending one or two teams to the Irish National competition. From the National Finals one team is then selected to represent Ireland in the European competition.
Ireland has had huge success at the European finals in recent years coming first last year, second the year before and third the year before that. Speaking about the recent triumphs Damian Bourke, a CanSat mentor and lecturer here at School of Computer Science said 'we are punching well above our weight given that we do not have any significant indigenous space or military industry in this country and we are competing against those countries that do".
This year was our first regional final as TU Dublin City Campus. Both TU Dublin Tallaght Campus and TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus will be running their own competitions.
This year the winners of the inaugural TU Dublin City Campus CanSat Finals were: Confey College in Leixlip and Kishogue Community College in Lucan. Damian Bourke will now act as Team mentor to both teams as they venture forth into the National Finals to be held in early May.