Adrija Bhandari and ShauryMaan, have won 1stprize at World Robot Olympiad 2019 Nationals held at Kunskapsskolan School, Gurugram, on 7th and 8th September. Their team LEGOLORDS won the 1st prize in the Wedo Open Category with medals and trophy by impressing the judges with their presentation, robotic models and programming skills. What clinched it for LEGOLORDS was their working model of autonomous driverless school bus which could offer a safe and fun ride to school children and various ideas to be implemented in a smart city. Both Adrija and Shaurya are 9 years old and teamed up at robotics training institute Explorato where they were learning robotics skills for the last 2 years. While ShauryaMaanstudies in Shiv Nadar School, Adrija Bhandari is homeschooled. Both have been passionate about robotics since childhood and wish to pursue it further and bring laurels to the country at international events in the future.
World Robot Olympiad (WRO) is the most prestigious international robotics competition held annually by the WRO Foundation for students in age group 6-25 years and is organized in India by “India STEM Foundation”. Students compete in various categories based on their age with well-defined tasks to be executed by their robots. The pinnacle of the competition is a football match between autonomous robots.The theme for WRO 2019 was “Smart Cities” and the National event saw participation from approximately 300 teams. LEGOLORDSteam was mentored at “Explorato” located in Alpha Commercial, Greater Noida. Astha Sharma, their coach and founder of Explorato states: “Winning in this competition requires creative skills, excellent knowledge of Robotics design and programming along with strong problem-solving abilities. This success was the result of over 100 hours of creative hard work and dedication of teams, parents and mentors over the last six months”. Asthas Sharma, an IIT-IIM Alumna also mentored 16 other contestants in 6 different teams at WRO 2019. Her students in teams LegoWizards, LegoRangers and Technical Hybrid in WeDoRegular category achieved full score at nationals with competitive timings. Her students LegoChamps and LegoWondersin WeDo Open category also impressed the judges with their ideas and presentations.