Bravo to Galaxy Girls, the team of five champions that won the “Best Core Values Award” at the national level of the robotics tournament organized by FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in Chennai. T. Amiltha, K. Kaviya, M. Najiba Begum, S. Pooja Sri, and R. Angala Eswari, the youngest is 12 years and the oldest is 14 years, are from schools covered by AIF’s Digital Equalizer program that introduced robotics to students.

FLL is a unique STEM based robotics competition for students of age group 9 to 16 years. It is conducted every year, first at the regional level, and the winners then move up to the national level. Conducted over a period of two days in February 2020, the competition consisted of three rounds: Robotics Game and Design, Innovation Project, and Core Values. Galaxy Girls Amiltha, Kaviya, Najiba, Pooja, and Angala worked hard to construct a robot that completed around 14 missions within the two and a half minutes time allotted for the Robotics Game and Design section. In the Innovation Project section, the judges expressed their appreciation for the project presented by the Galaxy Girls team which was title “Tesla Tower” – a wireless tower to recharge vehicles running on electricity. We hope Elon Musk is paying attention to this! Finally, in the Core Values section, which the Galaxy Girls grabbed the award for, they were judged not only on the robot they built but also on how they were able to do it as a team!

Close to 42 teams participated in the FLL Nationals, which includes schools following the international boards (IB, IGCSE etc), central boards (CBSE and ICSE), matriculation schools and public schools like the ones that sent the Galaxy Girls team to participate in this contest. Amiltha and Kaviya are from EVRN Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School. Najiba, Pooja, and Angala are from Kasthuribai Gandhi Girls Higher Secondary School. Together, they were a formidable team. What an awesome example of children being able to lead forward – and up – when they are provided with quality education.

AIF’s Digital Equalizer (DE) program is enhancing classroom learning by introducing robotics in classrooms of public schools. It challenges children to think like scientists and engineers. When girls realize that they can build and program robots, they are empowered to create innovations in technology and have successful futures. In Madurai, the Corporation Schools covered by AIF’s Digital Equalizer program are supported by HCL Foundation.


As Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rowena Kay Mascarenhas holds the global responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of AIF’s marketing, communications, and advocacy strategies across the Head Office, Country Office and Regional Offices.

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