“Now that they’re back from the nationals, they are working on perfecting their robot for the international levels,” says Chris. They’re preparing for the dynamic playing field that is characteristic of international competitions abroad.
He explains, “Like in real-life engineering, there are a lot of variations that the children have to face. For instance, even changes in temperature, lighting can affect the robot’s performance. These are factors we cannot control, so on the day of the competition, the real test for the kids will be their ability to react quickly and fine tune the robot in dynamic situations.”
The only roadblock that they’ve hit so far is the funding for the trip. “We are trying to do a fundraiser on Milaap, because these competitions turn out to be quite expensive for the parents,” Chris says, adding that he does not want to burden the children’s’ parents with the cost of flying to Spain and staying there for the competition. Even going to Delhi cost about Rs 30,000 per student for stay and airfare. “To go to Europe, it’s going to cost us about Rs 1.2 lakhs per participant.”
Story first published in The Better India