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School students shine in competitions at BITS Quark ‘15

Sushrut Hawaldar, a standard X student, has won first place in the Line Following Competition held recently as part of BITS Quark 2015 at Vasco. The competition had a total of 22 teams, primarily comprising of engineering students from various colleges. On winning Sushrut said “I have been participating in line following competition since the last 3 years and worked hard at improving myself. I am happy to win.” Sushrut had also won the 1st place at line following competition held at NIT Goa last year. To participate in this competition Sushrut required knowledge of C programing, electronics, sensors and mechanical concepts that are generally taught in the third and final year of engineering syllabus.

Another school student Raunak Hede of standard VII, won the third place in the Robokick competition as part of BITS quark 2015. The competition where the robots were tested for their endurance and ruggedness had 18 teams participating in them, primarily comprising of engineering students. “It is a wonderful opportunity for Raunak to interact and connect with people of all ages, who are not only well qualified but also more than willing to share their vast knowledge. Such events greatly help in promoting a healthy competitive spirit and exchange of ideas amongst participants,” said Raunak’s mother.

Maya Hawaldar, Shurhrut’s mother said, “It is a proud moment for me to know my son has achieved so much at such a young age. I am extremely thankful to Inventrom for sparking this passion in him.”

The Line following competition is one of the most popular robotics competitions among engineering students. In this competition the participants have to build a mini robot vehicle that has to follow a path in the shortest duration. The path has a single entrance point and multiple exits and hence a system has to be designed through programming such that the bot makes decisions to find out the shortest way out.

Sushrut Hawaldar and Raunak Hede are trained by Inventrom as part of their Robo World Robotics workshop for school students. This workshop is aimed at getting school students started with building robotic systems like line followers, obstacle avoiders, fire sensing systems etc.

Ryan D’Costa who is the faculty at Inventrom says “It make us very proud to see our students winning against competitors who are almost twice their age. Our innovative techniques of teaching engineering level skills to school students at Inventrom are becoming extremely successful. We are now getting request for trainings from not only different parts of India but also from other countries like Singapore and Australia.”

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