RFL MAKES INDIA SHINE AT OLYMPICS OF ROBOTICS
FIRST Global 2021
FIRST Global Robotics Competition, launched by FIRST, a non-profit organization which is based out of USA and founded by prolific inventor Dr. Dean Kamen, is considered as the Olympics of robotics. It sees participation from 195 countries, with each country sending one single team to represent the nation.
This year,RoboFun Lab was chosen as the training partner for team India. The team comprised of 11 high school students from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat and Pune. Initially, the students were trained on CAD to build various robot models and Java programming to code these robots.
THIS YEAR, THE EVENT WAS ONLINE, AND THE TEAMS WERE GIVEN FOUR ROBOTICS CHALLENGES –
TEAM INDIA WAS SUCCESSFUL IN SOLVING AND SUBMITTING
ALL 4 CHALLENGES ON TIME WITH A WHOPPING SCORE OF 19/20!
Apart from this, team India also worked on cubesat prototype. They designed and developed their own cubesat which they launched from 100 meters height. This satellite is capable of capturing the green belt cover of a given area and given detailed report with photographs to the user. Team India plans to give this data to the respective municipal corporations and raise awareness to increase the green belt cover across the nation.
Team India was also working on the third and important aspect - solutions challenge. Team India chose the topic under the Economic Category and devised a software for easy inventory and sales managements of the pharmaceutical products to resolve the critical bottlenecks and ensure timely availability and delivery of key ingredients and API's. It also helps the manufacturers for various forecasts and increase their efficiency, decreases their storage time in warehouse and eventually increase their cash flow as well as profits.
Team India secured the 1st position in the solutions category with this project. Team India collaborated with Team Chile for a team effort in the same project. Their impactful work led them to be the winning recipient of “FIRST Global Grand Challenge Award”.
Our founder, Mr. Ashwin Shah was the lead mentor for the team and the students unanimously nominated him for the “Outstanding Mentor Award”. Looking at the impact created by Mr. Ashwin in the field of STEM and Robotics in India since 2013, he was conferred with this prestigious award. With this, he became the first Indian recipient of this award.
In this entire journey, team India networked with teams from 40+ countries and shared their technical expertise while learning new things from each of these teams and their respective mentors. All 11 students of FGC team India wish to pursue their careers in STEM and create a meaningful impact on the mankind with their innovations in the years to come.
SOME OF THE KEY TECH AND LIFE SKILLS THAT THESE STUDENTS LEARNT IN THIS COMPETITION
Usage of Power Tools
All in all, team India won the total of 4 awards in this season under the mentorship of RFL, becoming the only team to win these awards and created a positive impact about the nation! We congratulate all FGC teams, and we intend to see more participation from the Indian students in the following season
More information about FGC Team India can be found at -
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Mr. Gagan Jain, the founder of STEM India Trust is the national organizer for this event and one must reach out to them for inquiries pertaining to the upcoming season. https://first.global/fgc/