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Another Madurai Corporation school gets robotics lab

Corporation Commissioner S. Visakan inaugurating the robotics lab at Elango Corporation Higher Secondary School in Madurai on Tuesday.

Corporation Commissioner S. Visakan inaugurating the robotics lab at Elango Corporation Higher Secondary School in Madurai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S_James

Project to be extended to all schools, says Commissioner.

In a bid to promote scientific temper among Corporation school students, a robotics lab was inaugurated by Corporation Commissioner S. Visakan at Elango Corporation Higher Secondary School here on Tuesday. Four more Corporation schools will get the facility very soon.

According to Mr. Visakan, the facility will help students hone their problem solving, analytical and decision making skills and creativity. “The project will soon be extended to all Corporation schools,” he added.

After the successful operation of the robotics lab at Thiru.Vi.Ka. Corporation Higher Secondary School, the project is being extended in the second phase to Elango Corporation HSS, EVR Nagammai HSS, Velli Veethiyar Corporation Girls HSS, Kasturba Gandhi Girls HSS and Ponmudiyar Corporation Girls HSS.

While HCL Foundation has earmarked ₹35 lakh for the robotics lab at these five schools, Corporation has allocated ₹9 lakh. Once the project is completed, around 2,550 students will have access to robotics labs.

“Through this project, we want to improve scientific temperament among Corporation school students,” said Director of HCL Foundation Nidhi Pundhir. American Indian Foundation (AIF) has been roped in for training the students.

HCL Foundation also organised ‘Young Kalam Science Fest 2019’ at Elango Corporation HSS on Tuesday, the birth anniversary of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Over 120 students from 24 Corporation schools exhibited their projects and models on ‘Sustainable energy’ and ‘Addressing water scarcity in urban context.’

Students of Masathiyar Corporation Girls HSS, Sundararajapuram Corporation School, Munichalai Corporation School and Thiruvalluvar Corporation School have been selected to showcase their models at the regional-level exhibition to be conducted in Bengaluru in November.

When students come up with their own models

Robotic models ranging from ‘gyro boy’ to ‘space challenge’ were displayed by the students of Thiru.Vi.Ka. Corporation Higher Secondary School at Elango Corporation HSS here on Tuesday.

S. Rajagiri, a class IX student, demonstrated the working of the seven missiles present at the ‘space challenge’ model. Pointing to another model, he said, “This robot will help study planetary surfaces.”

The training offered to the students through the robotics lab operational at Thiru.Vi.Ka. Corporation HSS for one year had helped improve their scientific temperament, said School Headmistress A. Esther Emma Olive. “The project helps in boosting their confidence. They create these models on their own,” she said.

Recently, three students from the school – R. Diwakar, V. Heena Sri and M. Sailesh – took part in the World Robot Olympiad. “We were the only Corporation school from the State to participate in the competition. The project provides hope for these underprivileged students to aim higher,” she said.

Over 800 students from classes 6 to 9 are trained by the professionals of American Indian Foundation (AIF). “Through this project, we want the students to explore more avenues in the field of robotics,” said Divya Murali, Programme Assistant, AIF.

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