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Done it: The winners of the Indian Robot Olympiad at the Lawrence School in Lovedale. –
Done it: The winners of the Indian Robot Olympiad at the Lawrence School in Lovedale. –

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: Pleasantly surprised and highly elated. That sums up the mood at the 150-year-old premier education institution The Lawrence School at Lovedale, near here, following the fine show put up by three of its students at the third Indian Robot Olympiad (Southern Chapter) organised by the Gurgaon-based Techtronics ((India) Limited at Bangalore.

Twelve students of Lawrence School had left Lovedale for the Indus International School in Bangalore late in September to vie for honours in different categories of the IRO like Senior High, Junior High, Primary and Open.The team comprising Nikhil John and Raja Gowtham of Plus-Two and Venkata Prashanth of Standard X went beyond everyone’s expectations and emerged the best in the senior high category.

The third edition drew 300 teams from various parts of India and 40 qualified for the Southern Chapter. The participants showcased the capabilities of their robots which were made with Lego components.

The winning teams will represent India in the World Robot Olympiad 2008 scheduled to be held in Yokohama, Japan, between October 31 and November 2.

Thrilled at the feat of his students,the Headmaster of the Lawrence School, Y.H.V.S. Prasad told The Hindu at Lovedale on Saturday that though the Robotic Club of the school had been started only about a couple of years ago, it had done the institution proud. The performance at the IRO will motivate many to take up the activity. While the winners attributed their victory to team spirit, their mentor G. Daniel said that last year they gained valuable exposure and this year they put it to good use.

They had trained intensely only for a week.

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