Students from the Atal Tinkering Lab at Puthiyakavu and Thalassery Amrita Vidyalayam schools presented 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.
Students from IX standard have designed an eco-friendly biodegradable tensegrity solution for safely airdropping fragile medical supplies using unmanned aerial vehicles. Sanjula Sreekumar, Madhumati Anand, and Vyshak Ajith presented their research paper titled “Taking off with Biodegradable Tensegrities: An Eco-friendly Emergency Medical Delivery Solution” at a student panel session during the conference. Over 150 children from all over the world participated in Fablearn Asia 2020, they were the only children from India to attend the conference.
They presented their journey in making and learning from projects including creating a floor cleaning robot inspired by Wall-E, air dropping emergency medical supplies for disaster situation using drones and tensegrities, and designing a exoskeleton that employs neuro-plasticity for helping patients recover from stroke.
9th std students Goutham Mohanraj and Ashok Kumar from Thalasseri Amrita Vidhyalayam presented their paper on neuroexo heal which helps in the treatment of stroke patiants. The research drew praise from the judging panel for its innovative character.. Goutham mohanraj and Ashok Kumar also won 1 st prize in the national science Olympiad which was held at Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham, Ettimada.
The youngest student, Thejus 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 quotes, “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 Ammachilabs 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 network with and listen to talks by eminent international faculty, the students will also have a chance to attend hands-on workshops conducted by international experts during the conference.