Identifying the need to expose kids to detailed and practical learning of science, engineering, technology and math, First Lego League is conducting Robotics competitions since 2009 in India.
And Hyderabad found a reason to rejoice as the team from the city, ‘Deccan Technicians’ were declared as champions in the regional rounds of FLL India- First Lego League India which was held in Bengaluru. Around 21 teams from cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai will be competing. Ramanjaneya Burugula, a mentor for the team, explaining about the competition shares that the team is made to prepare a robot game where they have to make an autonomous robot that will clear the obstacles. “The second challenge is to make a project where the team has to conduct a research on the given topic. They have to make a robot that teaches history easily to school kids. The students spoke to experts in Hyderabad. While making the robot, the students had to work professionally and follow discipline,” he adds.
The team consisted of Pranav Burugula, Rithik Pothuganti, Yash Akkara from Oakridge International School, Siddharth Pyapali from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Saketh Kotamraju from Phoenix Greens School of learning, all between the age group of 10 to 12 years. While preparing for the competition, Yash Akkara says, “The challenge is to work with precision. Robot has to be programmed in more than one ways so that even in case of technical glitches, we can still make it work using other programme.” Yash who has been learning to make robots since he was six says the usage of technology while making robot interests him and he aspires to make many more robots in future.
The team made a few mistakes during the regional rounds. But Yash assures that they will not repeat them during the finale which will be held in Delhi.
So what gave the team an edge over other participants? “The complex programming, innovative ideas and precise programmes we made has helped us win,” quips Yash proudly.