Marist College team triumph at 2018 European CanSat Finals

A team of four transition year students from the Marist College in Athlone has won this year’s European CanSat Finals in the Azores. Paul McGrath, Usman Riaz, Padraig McDermott and Sebastian Klosowski were declared the overall winners out of winners of national competitions from 18 countries. A European Space Agency initiative, the CanSat competition aims to promote the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths amongst students by encouraging them to design, build and fly small drinks can sized satellites packed with sensors. The challenge is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into a can.

The four Marist students won the national CanSat Finals in Portlaoise in April, having won the Midlands regional finals in March.

AIT is the regional CanSat partner for the Midlands. Dr Marcus Rahilly, Head of Electronics and Informatics Department, along with Paul Mulvey and Kevin McDermott, organised workshops in AIT to assist students in building and programming their CanSats. Five secondary schools in the region were represented in the Midlands regional finals at AIT (Marist College, CBS Roscommon, Moate Community School, St Brendan’s Community School Birr and Athlone Community College).

From Left to Right, Paul Mulvey (AIT), Padraig McDermott, Paul McGrath, Sebastian Klosowski, Usman Riaz, Georgina Clear (Physics teacher, Marist College).

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