Seven-year-old Stars at TECH FOSS 2016

The Class II student displayed three robotic models-a cleaning robot, a robotic hand and a walking stick for visually impaired at the fest.

Published: 15th February 2016 04:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2016 09:47 AM   |  A+A-


KOCHI: Three robotic models by a seven-year-old student attracted visitors amid a series of interesting experimental works by engineering and science graduates on display at the TECH FOSS 2K16.

Saarang Sumesh, a class-two student of Choice School here, showcased a cleaning robot, a robotic hand and a walking stick for visually impaired during the just-concluded event jointly organised by Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Toc H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST) and the Computer Society of India in association with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre of the institute.

“Saarang left us surprised even with his presentation skills. He not only displayed the uses of the robot but explained how he made it. He has made the robots using Lego Robotic Kit,” said TIST principal Dr D Vincent H Wilson.More than 25 projects from different engineering, science and polytechnic colleges across the state are displayed at the ‘Makers Party’, a highlight event organised on the sidelines. Makers Party is a platform where knowledge-sharing groups interacted and demonstrated various free and open-source tools and software.

Apart from Makers Party, the February 11-12 TECH FOSS 2K16 also conducted hands-on workshops on Android and Arduino besides contests. Aiming to encourage youngsters to develop and promote open-source technology, the event also featured an Open Source Olympiad which comprised a coding contest and an open-source quiz. Other events included a Hardware Project competition and an App Idea contest. Around 500 visitors including students, faculty members and professionals participated in the two-day event.


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