AN INITIATIVE, ON AN ISLAND, TO TAKE ROBOTICS TO STUDENTS On an island in Goa, an initiative led by techies, volunteers and educationists is taking robotics to school students.
Recently, the St Bartholomew's High School (Chorao) in partnership with Uzoorba Technologies LLP (also from Chorao), organised a three-day (9am-1pm @ April 3-4-5, 2023) robotics camp. It was attended by an estimated 170 students of 28 village schools mainly from the talukas of Tiswadi, Bicholim and Bardez. Chorao is a scenic island just outside of Panjim and the old capital of Old Goa. RoboSplash2023 was aimed at "sparking the minds of Grade 6-8 students on the exciting and productive possibilities through modern technologies". It aims at making them creators and problem-solvers in a country requiring more of our youth to pursue higher education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields. Interestingly some 21 students of two Chorao schools, trained in robotics under Uzoorba’s Goa2Mars program during this academic year, were made to teach and guide their peers from these 28 schools during this camp. With emphasis on fun learning the camp featured a number of competitive games between the teams who used their respective robocars built at this camp. Each team were given the chance to take their Camp Kit -- comprising of the robocar, sensors and other electronic items -- back to their school to continue their journey into the world of robotics. The event was supported by the Goa Government's IT Department, and the Persistent Foundation, besides other technology companies based in Goa like Buoyancy Consultants, Tangentia, SparkPlus Technologies and Spintly. This ambitious program was made possible through the generous support from the Goa Minister of IT, Mr. Rohan Khaunte and the Persistent Foundation besides Technology companies of Goa Vincent Toscano (Managing Partner, Uzoorba Technologies) conceptualised and architected this camp. He was also the Lead Instructor for the entire camp program and was supported by his Uzoorba team which worked to make this mega-undertaking possible. The camp concluded with exciting competitions like Robocar Race and SumoWar being played between the teams who completed their Robocars the fastest and accurately. The video below shares the IT vision of Toscano: https://youtu.be/5-pHL6FTyCY ###