5 more corporation schools get robotics laboratories

Madurai: Following the success of the robotics laboratory introduced in Thiru Vi Ka higher secondary school run by Madurai corporation, the facility has been extended to five more corporation schools.As many as 2,551 students from these schools will benefit from the expansion. Madurai corporation commissioner S Visakan inagurated a robotics lab at Elango corporation higher secondary school on Tuesday.

E V R Nagammaiyar corporation girls higher secondary school, Velliveethiyar GHSS, Kasthurbai Gandhi GHSS and Ponmudiyar GHSS are the four other schools to get the facility. Students from classes 6th to 8th will get a chance to learn robotics in these schools, a facility jointly sponsored by Madurai corporation and HCL foundation. In all, 60 teachers have been provided training to handle the classes. Of the Rs 44 Lakh invested, the city corporation contributed Rs 9 Lakh and the rest has been taken care of by HCL foundation. American India Foundation (AIF) has been providing technical support under its Digital Equalizer Programme. N Gokulpandi, a class 8th student from Thiru Vi Ka school, along with his friends created a colour sorter equipment which helps to separate items based on their colour. It was displayed at the lab in Elango school during the inauguration. “I loved learning robotics as it is challenging and interesting. I have been learning it for the past six months. I am now inspired to become a space scientist”, he said. Mathew Joseph, country director of AIF, said that educational robotics will act as a means of promoting engineering thinking in school children and directing them towards technical creativity.

Originally Published in Times of India

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