CBS Thurles at Sage Global World Cup.
Four Transition years from CBS Thurles traveled to South Korea to represent Ireland at the Sage Global World Cup following their success at the Young Social Innovators competition held earlier in the year. Eugene Ryan, Conor Ryan, Odhran Quirke and Conor Dunne, accompanied by their teacher Mr Fergus O'Brien took their Farmsense project to pitch against the best projects from twenty other countries. This project has come up with a unique idea for a sensor which can help save lives on farms. The impressive Songdo Convention Centre was the venue for the competition and a great sense of excitement and nerves were very evident around the venue on the Thursday night as the opening ceremony reached the competition semi final qualifiers draw.
The draw is completed on an open draw basis. Having scored higher than Kazakhstan in the first round Thurles CBS were now head to head with the USA for a place in the final. The semi final presentations along with the questions and answers following the presentations, was a very tense affair. While both teams content was strong and the written reports from both teams excellent, the USA were very polished in their presentation. The CBS boys pulled themselves back into the tie with skilful answering in the Q&A session. This showed the strong knowledge and conviction the CBS lads had in their project.After the semi finals finished all competitors had to endure a night of guessing had they done enough to reach the Saturday morning final. As the teams and mentors gathered in the Convention centre on Saturday morning to find out their faith, you could hear a pin drop as the finalists were announced. Unfortunately the lads fell short by the finest margin.
Thurles and the team from the USA had actually tied and it took three count backs on scores to eventually separate the sides. Despite the huge disappointment felt by the boys and their teacher Fergus O'Brien, the standard that they reached was obvious once the USA tied the final. The journey to this stage has been nothing short of remarkable as this Farmsense project won two awards here in Ireland, one of which gave them this opportunity of representing Ireland on the world stage.The standard in general on show in Korea was exceptional. Many of the schools that attended had great financial corporate and educational support from Universities. CBS Thurles had support from organisations such as YSI and Vodafone Ireland. Local groups such as Templetouhy Farm Machinery, Hayes Farm Machinery in Ballagh, Rossmore Engineering, Tipperary Co-op, Noel Coonan TD and the Templemore/Thurles Council.
The school and the group themselves would like to thank these organisations/people for their support and encouragement during this project. It is a huge achievement for the school that this idea and concept including planning and development all took place within the school in conjunction with advise from supporting parties. Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are vital in today's world and are key to growing our local and national economy. By fostering these attitudes and skills the school is sowing the seeds for future business leaders. The Farmsense team and their teacher now intend to enter their work into the BT Young Scientist competition this coming January.