The students, trained in coding, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) from Dubai-based Unique World Robotics, decided to take their interest and passion to the next level.
Bansan Thomas George, Founder and CEO of Unique World Robotics, said the students, with financial help from their parents, built the robotics lab at Thiruvanathapuram. “Students in and around the area will learn coding, 3D printing, construction robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI), all for free.”
George said, “The Robotics and Innovation Lab is located at Mar Thoma Central School in Varkala. This is a one-of-a-kind initiative to empower and engage rural students in STREAM (Science Technology Robotics Engineering Arts Mathematics). We have provided best-in-class trainers and STEM.org accredited programs that will be accessible not only to MTCS students, but also to the entire student community in and around Varkala. It will create a significant impact on their lives,” said George, adding that plans are to expand the project to more rural areas.
He said: “The lab will be run by the school. We will take our students around the lab when they can, such as during holidays, to interact with rural children. We have placed a teacher who will regularly teach the students. All STEM training is free for children.
Sana Kaushik, 10, an 8th grade student at Pristine Private School in Sharjah, said: “My vision is that this initiative should inspire more young minds and it should be a movement to start labs in different countries to ensuring that every child has the privilege of learning about these futuristic technologies.
“Robotics has always fascinated me and I see it as an opportunity to teach. I love teaching. It makes me happy to be able to teach other children.”
Arush Nagpal, 15, another student from Dubai studying in his 10th year at Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills, Dubai, said: “After being a global winner of the NASA Space Applications Challenge and reaching the national tour in FLL last year, I realized that there are so many inquisitive minds who are deprived of learning opportunities due to financial limitations.
“I felt the need to give back to society and Unique World Robotics provided me with the platform to do so through this project.”
Krishanth Sorna Aravintha Losanan, 13, a 9th grade student from DPS Dubai, said: “I am happy to be able to help make a difference in the lives of students at Mar Thoma Central School, Varkala, by exposing them to STEM at a young age.
“This will really help the future of students – and of India. I want to thank Unique World Robotics for helping us achieve this feat.”
George said Kerala Finance Minister KN. Balagopal, will inaugurate the laboratory on October 17. “We are very grateful that the government appreciates the work of our UAE students and their parents.”