Six students from under-privileged backgrounds, studying in public schools in Bangalore, India won the National level Robotics competitions of RoboCup Junior and First Lego League 2015 early this year. This project will help these children represent India at international level of these competitions in Germany and Philippines respectively in June 2016.
Robotics is a subject of interest among the students of all age groups, across the world. In the age of interplanetary exploration Robot education plays an important role in catering to the curiosity of the children. But this privilege is mostly reserved for the children from the economically well to do families. The children from the economically challenged section of the society are deprived of this opportunity.
Akshara Foundation, with the support of LEGO Foundation has set up a Robotics lab for the underprivileged children to experience the world of Robots. Selected students from the lab went on to qualify for the national level competitions of First Lego League and Robocup Junior. These children have won the national level competitions and will go on to represent India at the international levels of these competitions which will be held later this year in Germany and Philippines respectively.
The team includes Ramesh (14), whose father is a construction worker; Lawrence (15) whose mother is a house maid; Ameen (12), whose father is an electrician; Ramakrishna (14), who was brought up by his grandmother as he lost his mother, Arvind (14), who is not so good at studies but very talented in building mechanisms and Balachandra (12). The opportunity to participate and hopefully win a the International level will be a self-esteem boosting experience for these under-privileged children.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Initial Days of the Robotics programme
Making of the first Humanoid
Announcement of the FLL 2015 Nationals
Newspaper coverage of the Robotics Champs