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25 schools students from Mumbai to participate in World Robotic Championship in US

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Team R-Factor, a team of 25 young, motivated tech-savvy students from nine schools across Mumbai have officially selected for representing India at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championship at Houston, United States on April 18-21. The World Championship will be marked by participation from around 500 teams who will attempt to create new excellence benchmarks and establish new records in STEM and Robotics.

Recently the team won the most prestigious award at FIRST that took place in Sydney last month. The team also won the Best Team Safety Award given to the team that demonstrates implementation of the best safety protocols and procedures, and encourages other teams to also follow suit and ensures everyone is safety aware while working on the robot.

“Recognizing the power of technology as an empowering tool for transforming lives has motivated us to pursue robotics. Unique endeavors like FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) are instrumental in creating a conducive environment for encouraging students to increasingly participate in scientific research and development,” stated Meenal Majumder, Mentor, Team R-Factor.

The young team of 13 to 15-year old students qualified for the prestigious robotics championship in the US after dominating the FIRST regional championship in Sydney. They won the most prestigious award which recognizes their professional ethics, teamwork and collaborative effort. Nilesh Shah, the Team’s lead mentor was honored with the Woodie Flower Award for nurturing a team spirit and ensuring greater participation from girls. The FIRST Dean’s Finalist Award was presented to Aarushi Majumder, a grade XI student of the team, for accomplishing team objectives and creating enhanced awareness for FIRST activities.  

The team has also won a Gold and a Bronze Medal among 160 countries in the prestigious First Global competition held in Washington this year; they have won the Entrepreneurship Award, the Quality Award and were the runners up for the Safety Animation award at the previous First Robotic Competitions. The team members amongst themselves have 44 international and national awards in robotics and STEM.

The team is proud to have 100% of our alumni pursuing STEM majors in college. Most importantly, the team have funded two teams of underprivileged children and formed 2 all girls team to take part in the FLL competition. Towards getting in gender equality, team has also grown in the number of girls who participate; beginning with just 1 girl in 2016 to now 4 girls in the team These students, who are part of the global community programme FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) have taken the initiative to showcase robots at over 50 + schools in Mumbai inspiring several students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) FIRST’s Team “R Factor” is passionate about robotics and the team members spend after school hours building the robot during the competition period.

The team has participated in various international robotic competitions and this has prepared team members for success in the academic environment and beyond. The students have already received aid from donors via crowd funding in support of their commendable work. Infosys, a global leader in technology services & consulting has been associated as a lead sponsor, for past two years.

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