PNG girls make India proud, bag second prize in Robotex Asia

GANGTOK, 28 Aug:

A three-member team of Atal Tinkering Lab of Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School have made the Country and the State proud by coming second in the recently held Robotex Asia at Shanghai, China.

A team of class XII science students of PNG School, Bath Sheba Lepcha, Sristika Sharma and PrernaPradhan represented India in Lego Line Follower category in Robotex Asia held from 16 to 18 August at Shanghai, China. The team was mentored and accompanied by their physics teacher and in-charge of ATL PNGSSS, Ivan Dorjee Lepcha.

It has to be mentioned here that the Lego Line Follower Team from PNGSSS qualified to represent the country in their respective category in Robotex Asia and Robotex International after bagging the first position in the Robotex National held on 27 and 28 July this year at Ahmedabad.

It is informed that Robotex Asia hosted 12 different competitions with 3280 competitors from ten countries and more than 30,000 people visited the event. The event had participants and Robotex organisers from Japan, South Korea, China, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Estonia, Finland, Nigeria and other countries. Robotex India co-founders,Dhruv Patel and Gopal Maheswari also accompanied the India teams.

Indian teams had also participated in other categories of Robotex Asia but only Lego Line Follower team of PNGSSS were able to win a prize for the country. It is informed that Lego Line Follower category had more than 250 competitors.

Speaking to media persons here today, the team said that the competition was really tough and competitive in the presence of technology giant countries of Asia.

“It was an honour for us to represent the country and we gave our best in the competition. It is really exciting to win a prize in such a tough competition,” they said.

They expressed that the competition was a learning experience for them to improvise and to give thir best in the upcoming Robotex International to be held in November at Tallinn in Estonia, Europe.

“To come second among technologically advanced countries took away our inferiority complex and filled us with new energy and confidence for our upcoming international competition,” they said.

Team mentor, Ivan D Lepcha expressed that the credit for this big achievement goes fully to the team members. He mentioned that this exposure and achievement has boosted the morale of students to do better in the upcoming Robotex International.

“It was heartening to know that other advanced countries have also been using the same sensor placement which we use and this shows we are moving in the right direction. We just need to increase the speed of our robots,” he said.

Coming from a school in an Indian State with limited technological exposure, ATL PNG team has made the country proud by bagging the second prize in the biggest robotics festival in Asia.

The team expressed gratitude to School Principal, JemPandiTargain for her constant support to ensure the best performance in the competition.