City students' robot wins national contest

Students of Air Force School, Hebbal, won national-level ‘Teenovators, 2015’ challenge and a cash prize of Rs five lakh for their idea to use robots to undertake work that may be too dangerous for human beings.

Their ‘Cloneator’ project clones the action of his master and works on the principle of one robot cloning another control robot. The aim is to replace human beings with robots in risky jobs.

Ashish, member of the winning team, said, “We are thrilled to have won the first place at Teenovators 2015. Our learnings during the programme have motivated us to implement our solution in the real world.”

The team from Garden High International School, Kolkata, was declared first runner-up for its project that uses piezoelectric power generation in trains to generate sufficient power to light compartments. The piezoelectric materials are fixed in shock absorbers and coupling dampers of a train, converting electric signals thus produced.

The second runner-up, Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana Junior College, Pune, presented a project on plant growth using electromagnetic waves.

The winners were declared at a programme held on Saturday. Commenting on the winners, Dr Maulishree Agrahari, CEO, ICT Skills Development Society, Government of Karnataka, said, “The human mind has limitless power. The boundaries we see are often self-imposed. I believe there is nothing a person cannot do if he or she really commits to it.”

The event was organised by Manipal University and INK, a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories.

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