“Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement”.
Robert Meehans’ words resonate in every effort our volunteers take in giving children an experience they don’t get otherwise. Durga, Josewa and Kishore (children of grade 6 from MGR Nagar School who are part of Bhumi’s transformational education programme during weekends) took part in First Lego League (FLL), an international competition organized by FIRST, where they are exposed to scientific and real-world challenges. They also built, tested, and programed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.
Each student was chosen to create a diverse group which provided an opportunity to learn from each other and grow as the event progressed. The children were overjoyed with their first experience of real-time usage of robotics and we are thrilled to have given them access to such a platform!
In Durga’s words “programming was at first very difficult. Keeping the robot at the starting line every time during the trial was also difficult because the robot was programmed to operate in zero gravity conditions. But then I found a way to mark the starting point.” Josewa quoted that the problem they wanted to solve was creating gravity in space. They tried many things and finally got the solution where they created the rotating model. Kishore said they could not build a robot that completed all the tasks hence with great difficulty they kept changing the parts for every task. Fortunately, the exposure that these children gained in FLL made them derive solutions for the gravity problem.
Kishore, Durga, and Josewa aspire to become scientists in the future and shared that they will apply these experiences when they become one. The three children are enthralled that they put in hard work as a team and gained immense knowledge from one another.
Contributor: Shilpa Seshadri, Changedriver
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.