City’s Kids participate in Inter – School Robotics Championship

It is often though that Robotics and Engineering is meant for college students only. This notion was challenged by school students who came together to compete at ‘Techno – Genius’, an Inter – School Robotics Championship that took place at PEC University of Technology. Young kids from school all across the tri – city spent the entire day at the campus. They were given a four – hour training session in Robotics training which was followed by an intense competition. The students were asked to create a Line – Following robot and were then judged based on time taken, accuracy and the perfection achieved in creating the Robot. Through Techno – Genius, the organizers aim at bringing the world of Robotics to each and every student of the region, so that they can grow academically as well as creatively.

The competition was organized by IEEE PEC in association with Chandigarh – based RoboChamps India. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. The second organizer, RoboChamps India has been working relentlessly for the past few years to bring Robotics Education to the students of the country. They aim at providing ‘Hands On Practice’, a new and effective methodology to students to teach them STEM topics: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Till date, they have reached more than 20,000 students across 500 schools. ‘Techno – Genius’ is a part of their plans to further promote Robotics Education in the region.

The event was attended not only by students, but also by various teachers, school authorities and renowned organizations. It was supported by SchoolPad, a technology based company that builds school management software, Little App, one of country’s largest deals discovery platform as well as Sweetheart Perfumes, a well – known brand dealing in popular fragrances.

The prizes were bagged by teams from Learning Paths Mohali, K. B. DAV-7 and Bahavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh in Junior Category and by students from The Millenium School Bathinda secured 1st position, St. Joseph and Learning Paths at 2nd position and Bhavan Vidyalaya and Strawberry Fields High School at 3rd position. Expressing delight at the successful organizing of the Competition, Akshay Ahuja, Founder – Director at RoboChamps India said “Techno – Genius is an immensely important initiative at introducing children to a more practical approach to education. More than the competition, it is the exposure that these students receive to Robotics that is more essential.”

Nikhil Arora, Chairperson from IEEE PEC, said “Techno-Genius was a successful endeavor by us to introduce the basic electronics at a young age. With the current pace of technology it is most important that school students to get exposed to electronics and technology. This is just a beginning we will continue to bring such opportunities to the bright young minds. ”

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