ARTICLES of APPRECIATION from STUDENTS of BLUE BIRD SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, ALIGARH

Fundamentally, feedback is a good thing, but appreciation is beyond everything. Students of Blue Bird Senior Secondary School, Aligarh have expressed their appreciation in the form of articles on implementation of Robox lab at their school, in their own words.

 

ISHAAN JADAUN of CLASS-VII-A SAYS:

OUR ROBOTICS CLASS:

Our Robotics class is that class which has helped us to know the difference between computers and robots, difference between robot, robotics, Robox and STEM. This class has helped us to implement our ideas in real form. My robotics classes experience says that in this class we get to know about certain things which we were not knowing earlier. All our instructors were qualified, well behaved and they all were having a vast knowledge about robotics. Earlier when we were not knowing anything about robotics and Robox, we think that we will try to make the robots when we are grown up, but this was like a dream. Later on, when this class makes up about Robox, then we started to implement our ideas by making many robots. STEM four basic elements to design a robot was a very essential part to design make program the robot. The Roboguru software, is the software which helps us to write programs to make the robot work was a very good software which has helped us to code robot in stage ofbeginners. When we felt about robotics training in our school then we were very excited, joyful and surprised. We love to come to this class.

 

ANUSHKA VARSHNEY of CLASS VIII-B SAYS:

ROBOTICS… MY PASSION:

Robotics…My favorite class of the week. I had never learnt such a mind boggling and interesting activity in my life. My experience in robotics classes was such that I can’t describe in words, instead it needs experience to understand. Our robotics classes held every Wednesday for 2 hours. Every time, before attending the classes, I used to be very curious about what new things, shall I learn. Every time our teachers come up with new and interesting topics like power transmission, reduction gear,etc., During the classes, we became familiar with the Robox kit. Assembling the parts and making new things as reallyreally enjoyable. For robotics we need to understand STEM curriculum on which it is based [STEM is Science Technology Engineering Mathematics].There are three steps for making a robot with Robox kit- 1. Assembling 2. Programming 3. Configuration. Assembling was really very easy and enjoyable. Now comes programming,for beginners programming is not so difficult as they think. For programming we need to understand computers programming languages. Once you understand the programming languages(conditions, declaringvariables,etc.,), programing for Robox is all the way easy. Programmingis done in a software known as Roboguru. In Roboguru there are many levels ranging from 1 to 10. There is practice arena (for practicing) and customarena (for making our own designs and running the robot in it) too. Programming is all easy, only you need to use your brain. When we have completed all three steps with accuracy, then your robot is all ready to run. During robotics classes, I gained a lot of knowledgeabout friction, force, torque, power, energy, energy conversion, etc., Robox introduces an individual to the world of robotics through fun loving, exciting and learningexperience. According to me, my definition for robotics- “The set of educational activities that support and strengthen specific areas of knowledge”. A robot can be defined as- “Forced Labor”. Robox was very helpful in implementing the imagination into reality. Jay Robotix Team and my teachers were very helpful in making me understand each and every aspect of a robot. So, at last I want to summarize my experience in a few words “Helpful, Enjoyable, Fun Loving, Interesting, Mind Boggling”.

 

PRASHIKA ARORA of CLASS VIII-A SAYS:

ROBOTICS-THE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic”. –  SIR ARTHUR C CLARKE

In the recent years the mushrooming power of the computers has changed the pace of technology’s advancement. Decades before computers and technology seemed to be like aliens, but its advancements have made humans more creative. Such one example in the field of advanced technology is ROBOTICS. The introduction of this technology in our school had created a spark of curiosity in our minds. What would it be like creeping our own robot? This was the question, which could not be answered but only experienced. Thus, was full of excitement and curiosity in our minds when we attended our first class in robotics which facilitated us to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes for the design, analysis, application and operation of robots. It has been a thrilling experience to see robots move around us. But it has always been more that we had thought.ROBOX program has helped me discover the technology better as it is more than just self-driving cars. It has given a spark to the innovative minds which otherwise might have remained dormant. This program has made our understanding of the STEM subjects better. The importance of these subjects has often been quoted by many great minds.

According to KATHERINE JOHNSON– “we will always have STEM with us somethings will drop out of the public eye and go away but there will always be Science, Technology, Engineering and there will always be Mathematics”.

Working as a robotics student has enhanced my logical skill, which has opened the possibilities of doing more, that is, always thinking in a different way. The ROBOGURU program has also developed my coding skills.Earlier, programmingwas like a nightmareto me. I had never thought that it could be so easy to code a robot and make it move at your will. It has improved my logical and analytical skills. I have learned how just by aclick and arrangement of a few tags in a logical order, things can move. After a robot is constructed, a computer program is attached to bring it to life. Moving backward and forward is easy. More advance is its interaction with sensors which simulates the ability to see obstacles etc., I feel the sky is a limit when it comes to making a program. Thus, robotics as a subject has provided wings to my imagination and creativity. The more I explore the more curiosity I become.I feel technology is like a vast ocean every time you plunge into it you explore something new.

 

SHELZA MANGHNANI of CLASS VII-A SAYS:

MY EXPERIENCE AT ROBOTICS CLASS:

My experience at robotics class had been amazing throughout. I felt while attending these classes were not only a medium of enjoyment but also a knowledgeable field. Robox i.e., the association has encouraged students like us to make ourselves believe that we can do the project given to us by our school, firstly we thought that it would be a tough challenge for us but as from last few sessions of these classes while completing level stages we learnt different coding it became easier for us with the help of our supportive teachers and books issued for us we took ideas from there and tried to renovate it and make it much more attractive. STEM [i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] was introduced to us during these classes it has been of great help. As we were new with this subject as beginners we were afraid that it would be tough for us to even handle it but after spending some time in these classes that Robox kit and its components are so friendly and so easy to use which gives a courage!!

 

WE HEARTFULLY  ARE THANKFUL TO THE FACULTY IN BLUE BIRD SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, ALIGARH FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL AND DEDICATED SUPPORT IN TRAINING THE STUDENTS AND MAKING THEM FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL GEMS.

Reference:

  1. Students articles link https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/18O4cbipocGnJhFFvxFgcxp-5Godaal3a

 

 

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Project Management GAME Workshop Based on Robotics

Well!

Exactly, The same question occurred to you now, has lingered in the minds of audience in the class happened at the Lush Green Campus of CA Hyderabad on Feb 27, 2018.

What is Project Management to do with Robotics ? Why Robotics and What is the game all about?

This is about a unique workshop that has been designed to simulate real time project scenarios on a project based on a robotics platform called ‘ROBOX’. Any Project and management around it is balancing between the key parameters of Time, Money and resources. This Workshop exactly creates situations which enables a very tight line for the Project Mangers to achieve their goals with Fun-loving and goal oriented tasks.

The workshop started with a formal introduction of the trainers and audience, the Audience is a right mix of project managers with over 2 decades experience and fresher/interns and mid level managers. The audience is divided into groups with a fun activity to name themselves and select a Project Manager, THE BOSS of the day for each group, amid debates of who and why of it.

Once the PM is selected, he is given a budget and all the groups are provided with a technical project based on robotics to be executed. In this case the project is to build a moving robot, which keeps moving on the table and doesn’t fall off edge – Interesting? Yes it is.

A Client requirement/other resources required are provided to each group all through the workshop, the groups are subjected to tricky phases of Project Scope/ Project Cost Estimations/Budgeting/Execution/Monitoring/Demonstration and Restrospective Phases. Also, the PM is assigned with the job to keep an eye on increasing costs, controlling the budget and managing the resources to finally execute the project a per customer need.

The Workshop involves right limitations, tricky tough and fun situations to the team, which is a race against time, with tight line of money and resources. The teams realize the importance of investing right, investing early, Focus on planning, executing the plan, risk mitigating and various other traits of Project Management.

The Unique Workshop has been designed exclusively for corporates by Mohan Krishna, COO, Director, JR and supported by Sourav, Research Associate at JR and Dr. Reshma, a PhD. in Molecular genetics and works in Psychiatry. The Workshop can further be split addressing each and every phase of a Project Management and make it enormous learning experience of young and senior managers.

Few of the Words from the Associates of CA:

Raja Gopal: Project Manager, CA: The Workshop is engaging and entertaining, with a constant pain in mind of the resources flowing out of the pocket. Exhilarating experience.

Sona, IT Associate, CA: Very Nice WOrkshop, Fantastic Trainers and Great Team. Brilliant Idea of using Robotics as a tool.

Kiran, Manager, CA: Very Nice Idea, Wished a complex Project, Thanks for such initiatives by CA GArage.

Gopal, Project Manager: This is very engaging experience. I invested at right time for tech support during the Project, and achieve the result, I see the value of saving resources and also spending resources for the right needs. Brilliant portrayal of real scenarios in such a short duration.

 

ROBOX Helps in Choosing Area of Interest- For Students and Parents

STEM education is one of the top priorities and identified fuelling the three priority areas:

  • Increasing STEM literacy so that all students can think critically
  • Improving the quality of math and science teaching
  • Expanding STEM education and career opportunities for all students

Robotics has a big role to play in the achievement of these objectives as it is the most interdisciplinary of STEM endeavors. A mechanical engineer designs the robot’s structure; electrical engineers design the robots control electronics, signal conditioning etc; electro-mechanical engineers may work on its sensors; computer engineers will design the robot’s computing hardware, and software engineers will do the programming of the robot down to the tiniest detail. Students opting for humanities can also benefit from robotics, as its concepts and its applications are used in almost every field.

Robotics is such a broad field that you could study any discipline and end up working with robots. There are robots in art, music, toys, space, military and entertainment- you name any field and you’ll find some connect with robotics. Once the base has been built the students can take the direction and the subjects that interest them. By following this progression the students can arrive at an answer to the universal question posed to all children –“What do you want to do when you grow up?”  

ROBOX is the learning package by Jay Robotix which includes RoboGuru, RoboBrain, Building Blocks and an Activity Book. The Activity Book includes a wide range of experiments which stimulate young learners to understand a variety of concepts of science, math and engineering in an exciting and practical way, incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach. Building Blocks helps the students to perform the experiments in the activity book and build the basic machines. They are used in conjunction with each other to allow students to experience the laws of nature, science and math that are all around us and affect everything we do. RoboGuru and RoboBrain introduce the students to ‘programming’ with the help of which intelligence can be added to the machines they build.

As we can see, ROBOX as a whole package introduces the students to a wide range of subjects- and they automatically veer towards the one where their aptitude and area of interest lies. Since robotics is not a structured subject therefore the flexibility quotient is very high. There are no strict ‘dos and don’ts’ and no strictly defined ways to solve a problem. Each student is free to tackle the problem in his own way as long as a solution is found. This interests the kids and hones their innovative capability.

Thus slowly as the activities progress, the teachers, the parents and the students themselves can see what interests each child and what he is good at. The earlier this process begins, the better it is, as it helps clarify the thought process and points a guiding finger to both students and parents.

ROBOX programs are already playing a Key role in more than 400+ schools impacting more than 200,000 students realizing their area of interests. Also, as the academic year is closing in, All ROBOX schools are now buzz with lot of activity/competitions and exhibitions of the students innovations. Stay Tuned for interesting Videos, news and Pictures.

Happy ROBOX Learning!!

 

Grand Opening of the Bahrain Chapter

With a valuable partnership with Talia Global Solutions WLL, Bahrain; JR Singapore has made a niche in the grand launch of ROBOX.  ROBOX is a practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) tool, where-in it creates vibrant ambience for the students to learn the STEM concepts in a practical way. Talia is one of our newest RSP (ROBOX STEM Learning Partner) in Bahrain, who would have a Robotics Centre for effective implementation of STEM learning.

The Grand Launch of Partnership certificate unveiling ceremony was held at “The Kay Hotel” Bahrain, on 12th Nov 2017. The ceremony was attended by around 25 reputed Schools’ Principals and Directors  in Bahrain, of which few of them are  – The Indian School, New Millenium School, New Horizon School, Alnoor International School, Ibn Al Hytham Islamic School etc.

Capture.PNGCertificate Unveiling Picture – From Left Mr. Mohan (Director-Talia), Mr.Sudipta (Manager JR Strategic Alliances), Mr. Abraham (Director- Talia), Mr. Soman Baby (Chairman Talia and Notable Journalist)

With the advent of ROBOX in Bahrain; students, parents and academicians can engross, imbibe and grasp the knowledge of practical learning of STEM concepts in a step-by-step process. Further it would create a deep interest among the student populace to hone their skills, to decide on their careers and set-up a track for themselves in the future.

ROBOX learning is one of the latest developments in the field of STEM learning for practical education that is activity based, interactive based and decisive based. It involves the designing of a Robot mechanism, Calibration of mechanism by programming code and Realization of mechanism by execution. Definitely, the entry of ROBOX in Bahrain is indeed the new chapter for STEM education.

Capture1.PNGGroup PicPrincipals & Directors of Reputed Schools in Bahrain.

Every school is unique!

Every school is unique! It could be the sports teams, special programs, faith-based instruction, or unique approach to classroom learning. It is the “brand” of the school and the reason that parents may recognize it as a place to send their children.

I believe teaching is a form of customer service in which the teacher creates a learning environment that motivates the students to learn and supports them in the learning process. Instead of focusing on a particular teaching technique, the teacher should utilize whatever tools that stimulate the maximum learning in the students.

One of the biggest reasons that in-classroom robots promote learning and creativity is because children see technology as fundamentally “human.” In their answers, children describe their robot as reassuring and supportive – a version 2.0 of a parent or friend – offering up endless patience, encouragement and self-direction. Moreover, most kids thought their robots demonstrated qualities that they would like to emulate.

However, in their stories, the kids also imagined 
robots as better versions of their parents and teachers, 
willing to take on mundane tasks so that the child 
could focus on higher-level pursuits.”

JAY ROBOTIX has fulfilled the desire of learning STEM Robotics Education in our school. The lesson plans that come with specific learning outcomes, their exhaustive manuals and the training for smooth execution and implementation of the program are part of JayRobotix’s support and also, the curriculum help students to enter the next level of education and can be easily integrated into the school system.

ROBOGURU Coding Challenge (RGCC) yet another initiative by them, is really an innovative model and very good platform for children to represent their skill at international level.

Acharya World School is a 2 year old upcoming school with promising outlook. By implementing ROBOX STEM learning in our academics we have experienced good improvement in STEM knowledge, curiosity and interest in students.

Mrs. ChitraMadhsudan

Principal, Acharya World School

Ramnagaram, Karnataka

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Delhi Public Schools’ Setting Benchmarks in STEM Education

“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting
impact in the lives of their students.”
- Solomon Ortiz

It’s true! Education is the right key for anyone in the society to prosper, to flourish and to make a niche. And teachers are its driving force, who facilitates to bring it to the students while nurturing them to adopt it. Hence, teachers are the fulcrum of the education system; it is on them that the success of implementing any program depends on.

The pedagogy used for this plays a vital role in instilling the concepts in students. Teachers are effectively turning towards the trends of experiential learning and STEM Education for this very reason. Many teachers are able to create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere in the classes to impart world class education in the class rooms with focus on skill development and holistic development of the child.

Many innovative initiatives are being introduced by a few Delhi Public Schools (DPS) in various cities to facilitate experiential learning. As a part of one such initiative, DPS have introduced Robotics Program using ROBOX to impart STEM concepts to students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It’s a program based on the idea of educating students in above four disciplines, thus making it an inter-disciplinary branch of study. Additionally, students get to learn in an application oriented approach to learn concepts.

ROBOX as a tool, can help teachers to use it as a pedagogy to teach the students on STEM concepts, make them do projects, make them learn coding, design and compete on technical challenges. We have tried to document couple of interesting cases here in this article on how few of thought provoking and visionary teachers are reaching out to the children.

For example, in DPS Bareilly; Mr.Subodh Rastogi, handles a full-fledged Robotics lab, where-in he teaches 40 students in a week. He takes every Zero period i.e. a period prior to the first period everyday, which is of one hour duration. The program is running successfully in the school where Mr. Rastogi continuously educates himself about latest technological learning methodologies.

In similar lines, Mr.Anshul Gupta handles the Robotics lab in DPS Jankipuram, Lucknow, where the lab has 20-25 dedicated computer systems. The same way students are given training in the period prior to the first period (one hour period) everyday in a week.

In DPS Eldeco school, Uthar Pradesh, Mr.Nadeem Ansari handles the Robotics Lab for Classes 5th to 9th, and relates it to their academics and teaches the concepts in more practical and enduring manner. Here, they have dedicated lab with computer systems where in teachers interact continuously, learn robotics and understand the technical feasibilities in making the classes more and more interesting.

In DPS Gomti Nagar, Mrs. Priya Shri is handling the Robotics lab and program, which makes her an exuberant teacher in imparting knowledge of STEM concepts through ROBOX. She has always expressed robotics can be powerful tool and can be an excellent way of practical learning. She with great enthusiasm, looking forward to impart necessary skills to train her students on how to code and compete with next generation challenges.

With an effective support of Mrs.Prema Mishra – Principal of DPS Firozabad, the school has implemented the ROBOX learning of STEM concepts by undertaking the training of 6 days for their teachers in various mechanisms of ROBOX. Mrs. Prema Mishra, a visionary is looking forward to make more and more such learning pedagogies as a continuous affair at DPS Ferozabad.

The same way DPS Nashik has started its ROBOX learning journey in the start of the year 2017, with the support of Mrs.Chitra Joshi- Principal of the school; the school has reached an advanced stage of teaching concepts to the students.

DPS schools since last few months have embarked this new journey and are already setting standards in STEM education.  Consequently, this showcases the zeal in the schools to take the education to the next level of learning by the implementation of STEM concepts to the students. Moreover, students would develop their own interest in choosing the disciplines for their careers – making it a perfect career builder for the students.

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Murli Manohar Owk,

Murli Heads the School Relations division of Jay Robotix

MAHSA University Team from Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia visits JAY ROBOTIX RCEL at MRCEW& BVRIT, Hyderabad.

JAY ROBOTIX, a Singapore based STEM Education Company, a pioneer in setting state of the art technical centers at engineering colleges has inaugurated the Level – 1 courses for the Students at MRCEW. The Center has been recently set up in August 2017, opened by honorable Member of Parliament, Shri. Malla Reddy, Chairman Mallareddy Group of Institutions.

The Center is designed to be a place for learning research & innovation inline with concept of makers spaces. Students will be subjected to detailed learning cycle of product development in these centers. The learning programs are generally spread across six semesters with focus on practical orientation and developing a mindset to make things and develop products.

Students are subjected to detailed process of learning which includes phases of Learning, Ideation, Creation, Prototyping, Validation and Produce in a cycle. Students enrolled in this program will be subjected to 360+ hours detailed programs and also be given an opportunity to earn a certificate from iCargneie Global Learning & Robomatter, U.S.A, a subsidiary body Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, Pittsburgh U.S.A

The Officials, Dr. Sean, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering, MAHSA University, Dr. Siva, HOD, Senior Prof, Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Mahindran, Chief Engineer, MAHSA Technologies to analyze the best practices in the center. The visit has been done as a part of the feasibility study by MAHSA Officials to simulate similar models of learning, education, research and networking with top Indian Univeristies. MAHSA Team has been accompanied by Mr. Sudhir Reddy CEO, Mr. Mohan Krishna COO Sravan, Head, Execution & Planning of Jay Robotix Learning Singapore. Jay Robotix implements such RCELs in partnership with visionary Universities with successful models presently running in KIET, Kakinada, BVRIT, Hyderabad & MRCEW, HYDERABAD.

MAHSA Officials also visited the enormous strength of IP and suppliers of Jay Robotix as part of the Visit. Dr. Sean, also interacted with hundred students who are at different levels of courses and appreciated the students new Ideas and projects. MAHSA team also elated to know research capabilities of the Jay Robotix in various verticals. Dr.Sean also interacted with Students at MRCEW and said, ‘It is incredible to see such young crowd subjected to deep learning and wish them all the best for the future and hoped to see them excel int he robotics and automation field’.