In the International Robotics Championship, held between 2 and 8 July 2019 at International Convention Centre, Darling Harbor, Sydney by ‘Robocop Federation, Inc., USA’, the BGS World School, Bangalore, India has participated for the first time. The team had participated in the ‘On-stage Category’. The team comprised of 5 students of VIII standard of the age group of 14 years. The students are Master Karthik Raj, Master Bhavatej Vishwanath, Miss Ananya Sarvothama and Miss Inchara Mahantesh. The team was escorted by the principal of the school Wing Commander Ranjit Kumar Mandal (Retd), a sound professional who has openness in approach to try all possible scientific methods to enhance learning of the students.
The school team has qualified itself for the international event after qualifying two levels of competitions in India. The first level of completion was of the South Zone covering five states namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Then the school contested for the all India competition. BGS World School team stood first in both competitions and qualified itself for the international competition.
The theme the team has chosen was “Necessary of Organ Donation and Organ Transplantation”. The team feels that an individual can help 18 people living after one’s death by donating organs. After talking about the importance of organ donation, the team demonstrated through Robot as to how a team of doctors of Bangalore could send across a heart of a road accident victim to Chennai by air and the doctors of Chennai could save a life of a patient waiting for a heart transplant. The robots showed the activities in two cities through doctors, ambulance and an aero plane made of Robot. The fine and sharp movement of the robots, voice recorded narration and stage presentation of boys and girls of BGS World School students stole the heart of the people. The team finally left a message – “Donate Organs and Live Even After You are no More”.
The Principal of the school Wg Cdr Ranjit Kumar Mandal says, “the BGS World School, provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to the students through the Robots. Students of classes from I to X standard are given this exposure and that have been helping the students learning the subjects better.” The school has been taking the program through a Company called M/S LS Learning System, India for last six years. “As the benefit of the STEM education the BGS World School is doing better”, emphasized Wg Cdr Mandal. “though the school is located in a semi-urban area called Chickballapur”.
From India two other teams have also participated this year. Those two teams have come from Hyderabad and New Delhi for the events named ‘Rescue’ and ‘Maze’.
BGS World School team has completed the “Technical Demonstration Round’. All 43 participating teams have been grouped in 13 ‘Super Teams’ with three four countries. The teams were jointly prepared a combined set of Robot with new theme and presented. The BGS World School, India team has been placed with the countries ‘Singapore’ and ‘Italy’. Indian team boys and girls are now in serious discussions to plan for the presentation.
“Australian visit is memorable. Overall it was a great exposure to the young children” said Wg Cdr Mandal adding “more students from India must participate in global competitions such as the International Robotic competition.
He also lauded the team spirit in the young children to reach to such International level competitions.