8 Great Robotics Competitions For Indian Young Minds
Dhir Acharya - Sep 06, 2019
There is a lot of robotics competitions where young people are encouraged to make the most of their robotics skills, innovations, and creativity.
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As India is getting ready for embracing industry 5.0, automation and robotics have become the main focus for industries. And since job demand in this field has been slow, we are witnessing a growth in interest in college-levels.
With a technology ready for shaking the industry floors and workspaces of the future, young people have increased curiosity as well as inquisitiveness for it and even six-year-old kids enroll in robotics training institutes.
This trend results in a bunch of competitions where young people are encouraged to make the most of their robotics skills, innovations, and creativity.
And here are the best national and international robotics competitions that Indian young people can take part in to exhibit their best work.
This is an autonomous robotics program for students ranging from 4th grade to college with the mission to create excitement in the youth for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
A Professions Oriented Gathering over Educational Experiences (APOGEE) is held by Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani). The technical festival, first held in 1983, hosts researchers and students from around the country with a series of events and activities, including workshops featuring guest speakers. This year, participants had to make remote-controlled robots to fight with opponents.
This contest is held by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) which includes more than 20 countries in Asia Pacific Region. India has organized its own national Robocon every year since 2002. The first year saw only three participants, but the number has grown to 66 in 2012 and 107 in 2018. In this contest, teams have to design and build their own robots as well as organize their teams including an Automatic Robot Operator, Manual Robot Operator, Team Leader, and an Instructor.
SP Robotics Works
Born in 2012, this is the first robotics premier league in India, where 50 teams from all parts of India fight for the Robotics Championship. The program encourages school and college students to come up with innovations in designs and provide a platform for showcasing their talent.
World Robot Olympiad
WRO is an international robotics competition held for young minds. The first competition was in 2004, Singapore, and now it attracts over 20,000 teams from almost 60 countries. There are four categories in the World Robot Olympiad namely Regular and Open, Open and Soccer, College, and Regular. In addition, there are three age groups Senior High (age 17 – 19), Junior High (age 13 – 16), and Elementary (under 13 years).
World Robot Olympiad India is among the biggest robotics competitions in the country and it has been around since 2006. This competition is a not-for-profit event, held by India STEM Foundation for students from 9 to 25 years old.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
FRC is an international robotics competition for high school students. Every year, students, with the help of their mentors and coaches spend six weeks building game-playing robots of up to 57 kilograms. Their robots have to accomplish a range of task like balancing on balance beams, hanging on bars, scoring balls into goals, and flying discs into goals.
This is an international platform for school students and undergraduate students to join various competitions in the area of automation, robotics, and innovation as well as other challenge-based engineering competitions. Some of the challenges included are Robot War, Fastest Line follower, Senior Robo Race, and Junior Robo Race.