The department of information technology, electronics, and communications in Goa has taken a progressive step towards promoting robotics and technology education in the state by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the InfinityX STEM Foundation. This collaboration aims to establish a robotics and technology platform that will empower students in the field.
As part of this initiative, Goa will also host the prestigious Goa International Robotics Festival, a four-day event scheduled for January. The festival will serve as a platform to showcase the talent and innovation of students in the field of robotics. It will feature the highly anticipated FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) India Robotics Championship, the FIRST Lego League Open Championship, and an engaging exhibition on robotics.
IT Minister Rohan Khaunte expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, stating, “The Goa International Robotics Festival is a beacon of light, guiding students towards academic brilliance and personal growth by promoting science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) education. Participation in the FTC elevates students and instills essential self-confidence and life skills.”
The FTC Robotics competition, a significant component of the festival, offers students in Classes VII-XII, aged 12-18, a platform to design and build robots for competition. Under the guidance of dedicated coaches, mentors, and volunteers, teams will compete for the top prize.
Ashvin Savant, the chairman and managing director of InfinityX STEM Foundation, shared the objective of the festival, stating, “We aim to promote STEM education among students in India. Students who participate in the FTC have been observed to perform better in their educational careers, as it enhances their self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.”
The championships will not only provide an opportunity for students to showcase their talent, but also enable them to represent India at the global level. The top two teams will have the honor of representing the nation in the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas, while ten teams will have the privilege of representing India in the Asia Pacific Championship in Sydney.
This collaboration between the Goa government and the InfinityX STEM Foundation is a significant step towards nurturing the next generation of innovators and pioneers in the field of robotics and technology. Through this platform, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills, gain valuable experiences, and shape their futures in these rapidly advancing fields.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the objective of the Goa International Robotics Festival?
A: The objective of the festival is to promote STEM education among students in India, fostering their self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
Q: Who can participate in the FTC Robotics competition?
A: The competition is open to students in Classes VII-XII, aged 12-18.
Q: What are the top prizes in the championships?
A: The top two teams in the championships will represent India in the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas, while ten teams will participate in the Asia Pacific Championship in Sydney.
Q: How will this collaboration benefit students?
A: This collaboration will provide students with a platform to showcase their talent, enhance their skills, and gain valuable experiences in the field of robotics and technology.