Season 9 of International Robotics Competition heldDecember 18, 2018
The annual International Robotics Competition (IRC) – India’s biggest science and technology competition was held at Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi on Sunday. Presented by Avishkaar, there were student teams who participated in qualifying rounds – IRC Qualifiers, held in different states across India. The competition was designed to drive student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The enthusiasts of IRC Qualifiers kicked off from Delhi and travelled the length and breadth of India covering Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu with the last qualifier held in Madhya Pradesh.
In this ninth season of the IRC League, over 1500+ participants contested in 17 Qualifiers of IRC School League: Season 9 across India – from Himachal Pradesh to Tamil Nadu. And more than 350 teams submitted their innovations as part of the Avishkaar Makeathon 2018. In each round of both competitions, participants showed their grit and determination to book their seats in the Nationals. The winning teams from both the competitions would receive a sponsored trip to Russia.
The Avishkaar has been hosting state-level inter school robotics competition from the past nine years and hosted it this year too. ‘Avishkaar’ even hosted ‘Avishkaar Makeathon’, a platform where ambitious people/students were at the forefront of the innovation and were inspired to explore their passion and showcase their dream idea. Along with getting a sneak-peek into the latest products by Avishkaar, the event also hosted exciting and interactive workshops including the verification of Bots for the IRC participants, arena rounds of IRC Nationals, Avishkaar Makeathon judgement, Avishkaar Aurora (The Light Show), cultural performances, prize distribution and felicitation, and many more.
The winning teams in each category were chosen based on their performance and accuracy. The team Shri Makerz- The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar was declared winner in the junior group. In Middle category, the team Scorpian- The Shri Ram School, Moulsari won the competition while in the senior category, Team Dr Kalam Science Club- Government Multipurpose Higher Secondary School, Bilaspur was declared as the winner. The top scoring team in each category was adjudged as the winner.
The team Scorpian – The Shri Ram School, Moulsari was declared the overall winner in ‘Avishkaar Makeathon’. They made Spectacles with Sensor for the Blind People and secured first rank and will go to Russia. The score was calculated as per the Scoring Rubric by eminent panel of Judges by Avishkaar. The winners of the Nationals will get a direct entry into the IRC League Internationals to be held in Russia in 2019. Not only this, they will also be getting a sponsored trip to Russia for IRC League Internationals.
Tarun Bhalla, Founder and CEO, Avishkaar says, “Firstly, I would like to congratulate the winners and all the participants for being a part of this innovative competition. Both the days have been very exciting both for us and the participants. Creation, innovation and dedication is what we got to see in these two days. I’m equally excited for the winners’ trip to Russia. The winner and the participants here are going to be the face of our country and I believe they’ll work hard, perform harder and enjoy even more. Lastly, to conclude, winning or losing is not a big thing, but being in the race is what defines your courage.”