Participants assemble robots at the workshop at DAV Public School, Koylanagar, in Dhanbad on Wednesday. (Gautam Dey)
DAV Public School, Koylanagar, witnessed some serious sci-fi action over the past two days as 95 students wracked their brains to come up with cool robots.
The robot making contest was held as part of a two-day robotics workshop hosted by the Dhanbad cradle in association with IIT-Gandhinagar on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This was the zonal round of a national-level robotics championship by the two institutes.
Called Robofiesta-2014, the robot assembling event saw participation from nine public schools of Dhanbad — the DAV Public schools of Koylanagar, Moonidih, Barora, Alkusa, Sijua, Kusunda, Mugma and Bokaro besides Dhanbad Public School.
The workshop kicked off on Tuesday with a senior research engineer, of IIT-Gandhinagar, Himanshu Sharma, explaining to the students of Classes IX to XII what is a robot, its types and functions.
The youngsters also learnt about the basic activities of robots and the assembling procedure with the help of electronic tools.
On Wednesday, Sharma was back to conduct the third session from 9am to 1pm. This leg of the workshop saw Sharma informing the students about the tool kit that is required to put together a robot and the importance of every tool.
A quiz was also held in concluding and fourth session from 2pm to 4pm. Sharma was the judge.
The students were also given the task to prepare robots by following the instructions they received over the past two days.
A total of 17 teams were formed with five-six members each. It was a sheer test of scientific acumen as every team had to make two robots each.
In the end, a total of 34 robots were submitted and the three best robots were chosen.
While the robots made by the team from the host school bagged the first and third slots, DAV Public School, Bokaro, came second. The winning teams will now take part in the final round of the championship to be hosted at IIT-Gandhinagar.
The participants were overjoyed. “We were happy to put whatever we learnt at the workshop to use and come up with robots. This was a unique opportunity to know a lot of new things about the history, types and functions of robots and the logical theories related to them,” said Mansi Dutta, a Class X student of the host school.
Earlier on Tuesday, zonal director of Dhanbad zone of DAV group of schools K.C. Srivastava had inaugurated the workshop by lighting the traditional lamp.
Lauding the initiative, he said such events should be organised regularly in order to hone the creative talents of the students.
“The participating students learnt the techniques of assembling different wired and wireless robots,” said Sharad Srivastava, a senior physics teacher of DAV Public School, Koylanagar, who was present as a coordinator.