Robotics over the year 2023
Our students have enthusiastically participated in and won many robotics competitions throughout the past academic year. FRC Team 7539 Elev8 won the Autonomous Award, a highly coveted award sponsored by Ford for consistent, reliable and high-scoring autonomous code. The team's elected safety captain, Ishaan Surve of Class 9A, also won the Safety All Star Award. FTC Team Matrix won 2nd place in the Inspire Award - the highest award in the FTC Nationals for embodying the qualities of a role-model FIRST team and being a top contender for several other judged awards. Anoushka Tandon from 9A, Captain of Team Matrix, won the coveted National Dean's List Award (for grades 8 and 9) for her tremendous self-drive, leadership skills and extensive individual contribution to the team's success in all aspects. FTC Team Eureka won the Innovate award at the FTC Nationals, which is given to a team that has used their exceptional imagination and thinking skills in their robot design and code. Both teams are headed for the Asia-Pacific Invitational to be held in Australia. Two students from 8A were also apart of FTC Team Vortex which won the Connect Award for its significant contributions in reaching out to different sections of society and promoting FIRST across Mumbai.
Team Elev8 hosted an FTC scrimmage at school on 4th March 2023. The scrimmage saw spirited participation from FTC teams throughout Mumbai city. Themed “Power Play” this event mimicked the style and structure of an actual FTC regional. This consisted of 2 home teams from DAIS, teams from city schools like Oberoi and ASB and multiple NGO teams that we at team Elev8 mentor. This scrimmage was a wonderful opportunity for FTC teams in the city to not just gain exposure to the world of FIRST competitions but far beyond that. It was about teamwork, making friends, collaborating and making a difference.
DAIS students also performed extremely well at the WSRO (World STEM & Robotics Olympiad) Nationals, CGS Technovation and MANAK Inspire Awards, WRO (World Robot Olympiad) Nationals and the WRO Internationals held in Germany. Students from grades 4 to 10 participated in WRO and won several awards in the Future Innovators and Open categories. They developed novel solutions including a hand-held 2-way translator for Sign Language, a device to prevent drowning in pools, and a wearable device for elderly people that detects falls, alerts the wearer and inflates the tubes thereby protecting the wearer from serious injuries. Team Greenbots, comprising Ishaan Mehra and Keshav Mohta (10B), stood first in the Robomission Junior category at the WRO International Finals 2022, after previously having placed first in the WRO Nationals 2022. Team K2A, comprising Ayaan Shah and Arham Shah (9A) along with Kavish Contractor (JNIS), stood 18th in the Senior category at the 2-day International Robotics competition #WRO2022 held in Germany. In spite of being amongst the youngest participants in the Senior category, they made it to the Top 20 of the World! Students from Team Elev8 and FTC Teams Matrix and Eureka also won awards in the Technovation event in the Master Coder, Game Jam, Ingenious Geniuses and Poster Picasso categories hosted by the Chittagong Grammar School.
Anoushka Tandon (9A) stood all-India First in IIT Techfest's National Robotics Competition held in Mumbai in December 2022. Lakshya Hirawat (9C) performed exceptionally well at the F1 in Schools STEM Competition with his team winning the People's Choice Award, Best National Collaboration Award and Best Scrutineering car award at the Nationals.
Students showcased their award-winning robots to the RBI Governor and Finance Ministers from the G20 countries at the G20 Showcase event at IISc Bangalore.