IIT to set up robotic clubs in 50 schools across India
The simple scrabble club in school will have company: a hi-fi robotics club powered by alumni of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B), reports Snehal Rebello.india Updated: Apr 04, 2009 01:28 IST
The simple scrabble club in school will have company: a hi-fi robotics club powered by alumni of Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B).
To change the perception that robotics is all about fun, robo.in – a robotics educational company within IIT-B – will set up Robotic Clubs in about 50 schools across India.
“For students, the world of robotics is exciting. But robotics is more about science than just games. We want students to join the club and stay with robotics,” said Girish Agarwal, business associate.
The student members will build robots rather than merely joining parts. “Training programmes will be conducted and creative multimedia content will be designed by the experts. An agenda will be to be followed through the year,” said Agarwal.
The schools will be given a year’s licence for THINKLABS – parent company for robo.in – specially designed software for easy programming titled ‘Cimple’.
The club will be based on the outcome of the Robo Camp – a six-day workshop for students between the age of 10-12 years, commencing from April 13 in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, targeting 1000 enthusiasts.
The course would include a take away multi censored re-programmable Robotic Kit with Cimple Software.
At the end 60-80 campus ambassadors will be shortlisted to initiate short robot training sessions and various
programmes in their own schools.
The setting up the clubs will depend on the eagerness of the school.
“Robotics involves concepts in physics, when put it in practice, they have much clarity. It helps in reasoning as well cognitive and psychomotor skills. The high point is however when students make their own robots,” said Principal Pramila Kudva of Hasnatai School, Andheri which started a robotic club in August.