It is said that the best way that any student can learn is through activities, which keeps the child engaged. It also make him/her understand the concepts better and helps retain the information better and for a longer time.
As children, we used to eagerly wait for our science teachers to make the announcement for us to head to the science lab. The days we spent trying to identify cells from onion peels or our own mouth swabs, were the days that we always cherished and something that saved us from the monotonous class lecturers.
Our education system has undergone a vast change over the years and schools and the new-age parents do recognise the importance of activity-based learning in enhancing the child’s skill.
Bengaluru, The Robotics Hub
Bengaluru has welcomed talent and skill with no qualms and over the years the city has transformed into the tech hub in the country.
To give an odd twist to the popular Bengaluru saying, throw a stone in the air and it most likely to land on a techie and these new-age techies are needless to say, very much aware of the importance of having the right skill set apart from academics merit to land at the right job.
Considering the competition for jobs and lack of requisite talent pool, many new-age techie parents are enrolling their children, as young First graders to high-schoolers, in private DIY robotics institutes that are mushrooming across the city.
According to data from global job site Indeed, in India, there has been a rise of 186 per cent in the number of job seekers for robotics profiles between May 2015 and May 2018.
While speaking about their two of his children, who are currently undergoing robotics training in one institute, Manwinder Bharadwaj, is a credit risk analyst, said, “What these guys do at this robotics institute is absolutely remarkable. My two sons are certified robot makers and they make Lego robots from scratch. Their trainers throw them new challenges like navigating in a man-made outer space set and so on.”
QtPi Robotics, a Bengaluru-based leading DIY robotics company, has been actively involved in the field and has tied up with various schools in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to make STEM learning more interactive. The former techies quit their previous jobs to enable kids to learn skills in AI and robotics by creating AI-powered devices.
Speaking to a print publication, Jaison Leon, Co-founder of QtPi Robotics said, “Nowadays, most jobs need creativity, the ability to experiment and interdisciplinary skills, which children need to be taught at a very young age. Adding one’s own creativity to an existing product is the first stage of innovation at QtSchool. This way, they have developed devices like voice-control home automation, agro-robots, military tankers, Google Map-integrated smart cane and a solar-powered smart tap.”
We look at some of the popular DIY robotics institutes for children and how they differ.
QtPi: Has innovative kids friendly robotic kit consisting of Arduino based mainboard, sensors, actuators, building blocks and mobile app. Virtually infinite types of robots can be built using the kit. Their existing tools include Android dragon bot, line follower, obstacle avoider to name a few.
Justrobotics: Just Robotics strives to deliver technology in its simplest form to people – right from kids, students, and professors to researchers, engineering professionals and technologists. The company offers many diverse the popular being, Enabling The Makers Of Tomorrow (ETMOT). From 2D and 3D modelling to programming languages, the institute offers various other courses as well.
KidsVigyan: An initiative of Advaitam, a child enrichment centre, The programmes are available for children throughout the weekdays and also on weekends. Their interactive programme involves systematic hands-on exposure of your child to a combination of specialised areas like Mechanics, Electronics, Science experiments and other brain training activities.
Novatechrobo: The robotic company established in the year 2011 with the motto of training student community with advanced technology and the latest innovations and among the students. The company regularly holds robotics competitions across India and offers a course in electronics training, ML, robotics, drone training, 3D printing, image processing, Aurdino and Raspberry Pi
Crackerjack robotics: Uses Advanced Robotics Education system and software like Lego Mindstorms EV3 that is the International and Nationally accepted Robotics Education system to Participate in the WRO (World Robotic Olympiad) and offers robotics courses in three levels for a duration of six months
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Akshaya Asokan works as a Technology Journalist at Analytics India Magazine. She has previously worked with IDG Media and The New Indian Express. When not writing, she can be seen either reading or staring at a flower.