“Children learn best when they are actively engaged in constructing something that has a personal meaning to them – be it a poem, a robot, a sandcastle, or a computer program.”
The Annual Robofest 2017 was held at DPS Pune to connect students, mentors, and schools of the city to successful and engaging technology-based programs (LEGO NXT). The goal was to foster the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 1st Century. Nine teams from different schools of the city participated in the Robofest 2017. The two day event commenced with Shlok recitation by the choir group followed by the welcome for the chief guest. Mr. Narhari Krishnamacharya, Global Head for cyber security, Barclays technologies graced the occasion. He encouraged the participants to hone their skills through healthy competition and said that he hopes to see brilliant inventor amongst them. The school Principal Mrs. Neelam Chakrabarty extended a very warm welcome to all the participating teams. She expressed the hope, that this event would encourage students to think out of the box and apply the theoretical concepts learnt in the classrooms to everyday applications.
The facilitator Mr Saurabh Abhishek from India Stem Foundation began the workshop with power point presentation on basics of robotics and different parts of the NXT Kit. The first day proceeding concluded with the participants having learnt how to learn and discover new interests and pathways. The second day of the Robofest 2017- the actual competition day was to excite the young minds about science and technology and to showcase the learning’s and outcomes of the previous day.
In this two day workshop cum competition, students learned the importance of team building and mutual respect, gained self-confidence, and developed crucial leadership and life skills, as well as master much-in-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge. The award ceremony brought this exciting event to a conclusion with the principal of DPS Pune reiterating the fact that learning is always more imp than in winning.