‘Build the best, destroy the rest’
SchoolBots is a computer game programming competition aimed at transition year students and above at secondary schools in Ireland. The entrants use Java to program robot tanks to battle in an arena against each other. The competition is organised and hosted by Tipperary Institute, which offers a number of courses in multimedia development.
The idea behind the game is to build a software robot and destroy the rest of your opponents. The little graphical tanks need to be programmed to avoid being hit. They need to be smart enough to move around an arena without any kind of manual control. This competition introduces the fundamental of computer programming to students using the medium of a game.
Sponsored by both Google and Lenovo prizes for the national final include a Lenovo laptop for the winning school and mp3 players for the finalists and runners up. The winning team and 15 of their classmates will also have an opportunity to visit Google’s headquarters in Dublin and have a tour of their facilities.
The competition is limited to 40 schools and registration is on and first come first served basis.