India Robot Olympiad 2011 Starts Off in First Timer Mumbai

14 Sep

Mumbai, Mumbai, September 12, 2011 /India PRwire/ — It’s that time of year again when the school children from across the country are gripped with robotics fervour. TechtronicsEducation (India) Limited brings the sixth edition of Indian Robot Olympiad (IRO) 2011, the annual national level robotics championship in association with LEGO, world’s premier manufacturer of play and education materials.

This year’s edition of the IRO kick starts in Mumbai at Ecole Mondiale World School on September 17th-18th, 2011, which will be followed by the competition reaching Chennai (September 23rd-24th, 2011), Bangalore (September 24th -25th, 2011) and culminating finally in New Delhi (September 30th – October 1st, 2011). This year the two citiesMumbai and Chennai are making their debut in the IRO itinerary along with anadditional practice day before the main event day. The Olympiad is amongst many initiatives taken by Techtronics Education to promote the basic mantra of learning by doing in the Indian education system.

The Indian Robot Olympiad is held in three categories – Primary School, Junior High andSenior High where students aged between 9-17 years participate. In this showcase of talent and intellect, teams from over 600 different schools across India will be participating and the two winning teams from each category will get to represent India in the World Robot Olympiad 2011 to be held in Abu Dhabi from November 18th – 20th, 2011. Some of the prominent schools participating are Appejay School, ST John High School, The Galaxy School, Manav Rachna International School, Saupin’s School, National Public School, GD Goenka Public School, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Venkat International School, Jamnabai Narsee School, RMS International School, Dhirubhai Ambani International, Amity School, Chennai Public School, Ecole Mondiale World School, Genesis Global School, Velammal International School, Canadian International School among others.

The IRO 2011 will follow the 2011 WRO Open Category theme: “Robots for Life Improvement”. Under this theme the participants need to identify areas in which robotics may be able to contribute to improving our life and then develop a robotic solution that fulfils this contribution and present it, following the General Rules of the Open Category competition. Participant students demonstrate capabilities of their Robots, which are created using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT kits.

Highlighting the objective behind the event Mr. Sudhanshu Sharma, MD Techtronics Education (India) Limited stressed on the importance of “Learning by Doing” – the inherent principle behind Techtronics Education. He said, “Techtronics Education in India is committed to the core cause of learning by doing in the education system in India. Globally, the developed world has risen to the use of robotics and automation technology. In India, we want to make children familiar with this technology at an early stage to prepare them to embrace this technology with enthusiasm as they enter the professional world. With this Olympiad, Techtronics education has written yet another successful chapter in Indian Robotics Education, with a commitment of many such more.”

`Long time Lego enthusiast and Chief Judge – IRO 2010, Mr. Apurva Kalia added, “It’s been our sincere effort to set highest benchmark each time with the India Robot Olympiad. Our ultimate aim is driven by the motive to produce world champions in international robotic competitions. I am also pleased to see that each year as we host the Olympiad, the existing benchmarks just go higher.”

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