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When robots will play teachers

RULED BY ROBOTS:Young members of Kidobotikz and their machines.

RULED BY ROBOTS:Young members of Kidobotikz and their machines.  

101 school students will attempt to assemble and drive robots to create a world record.These youngsters have lessons to take from this event, says DAKSHIANI PALICHA

Today, if you are at Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., you are likely witness a world record in robotics.

The event is organised as part of Car-Free Sundays, an initiative by The Hindu to promote non-motorised transportation in areas around Elliots Beach.

101 young robotics enthusiasts, all of them school students, will attempt to assemble and drive all-terrain robotic vehicles.

These school students from Chennai are members of Kidobotikz, a robotics training institute located in K.K. Nagar. The record attempt — which will be validated by Assist World Records Research Foundation — is aimed at creating an interest in science and practical learning among students, according to Hafiz Khan of ezoneINDIA, an experiential learning organisation that is supporing the event.

Students today have greater exposure to practical learning processes, but due to the various distractions around them, they fail to make optimum use of these resources. This event is expected to be a great learning experience for them, helping them develop the right attitude. It would show them the value of patience and determination, he says. The students will assemble their vehicles from the ground up, and then run it for 100 metres.

Raahalya Roshni, a class 12 student of Pon Vidhyashram (Mandaveli), said the the event is a great way of creating awareness about robotics among youngsters like her who are interested in science.

Robotics is relatively new in India and needs support to grow. One of the participants, who is still a novice in robotics, is planning to pursue higher studies in the field.

Another participant, J. Mohnish of PSBB Millenium School (Nungambakkam) is excited at the prospect of being part of a team that would create a world record. I have been in Kidobotikz for a year now, and am thrilled at this opportunity, he says. Kidobotikz hosts yearly competitions for its students, and has also participated in major competitions both in India and abroad. This is the first time they are attempting a world record.

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