Students of the Atal Tinkering Lab at Amrita Vidyalayam, Puthiyakavu are selected to present their research results at the Fablearn Asia 2020, an International Symposium held on 10-12 January, at the King Mongkut’s University in Bangkok, Thailand.
The FabLearn Conferences bring together key influencers and thought-leaders from around the world in education, policy-making, academia, design, research, and maker communities to learn, present, and discuss digital fabrication in education, the maker culture, hands-on learning, and instructional tools.
The team consists of three students from IX standard – Sanjula Sreekumar, Madhumati Anand, and Vyshak Ajith who will be presenting their research paper titled “Taking off with Biodegradable Tensegrities: An Eco-friendly Emergency Medical Delivery Solution” at a student panel session during the conference.
They have designed a drone-like aircraft without a human aboard, to be used in emergencies and to deliver medical equipment and medicines to those in need.
The youngest student, Tejus Shyamlal from the fifth standard has created over ten innovations in the last two years, all the while experimenting with different materials and form sizes for different societal applications. He will present his research paper titled “My experiences with making Electronics and Steam Boats, Lego robots and a Helper Robot” captures his journey in making and tinkering and the lessons he has learned from it. The students are proud to represent India in their panel sessions.
Madhumati Anand says, “Because of Atal Tinkering Labs, we had a chance to be part of a student aero-club and disaster preparedness club in our school. In these clubs, our Atal mentors from AMMACHI labs are teaching us how to make our own drones and innovate using drones for humanitarian applications such as providing emergency medical relief during disasters like the Kerala floods that we witnessed in 2018.”
Last year, the trio won second prize in robotics in Amrita National Science Olympiad held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham campus in Ettimadai, Tamil Nadu. The conference organizers were highly impressed by the student’s work and have provided a complete waiver on registration fees for the students. Besides getting an opportunity to connect with and also to attend lectures given by eminent international faculties during the conference.