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Students Exhibit Smart Transportation Models At The FIRST LEGO League India Contest

New Delhi, More than 40 students participated from various school participated in the first (northern) chapter of the First Lego league competition. Combined team of St. Johns School Chandigarh and St. Columbus School Delhi bagged the maximum points for Robotic Design and Technician in the competition. Young Scholar School (Barnala, Punjab) won the prize for the project design, coordination and Team work. Winners of this event will qualify for the world championship in Atlanta in April 2010.

"I think Techtronics Education is doing a great job as one can see lot of excitement and curiosity in children for this competition. They more and more keen about robotics. It is a great and tough competition and should be held on regular basis" said Mrs Jabeen Shaikh Vice-Principal (Young Scholar School, Barnala, Punjab)

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) India competition, a model making contest organized by Lego, will be held on the 29th and 30th January in Delhi and Bangalore, respectively. 30 teams comprised of children in the nine to 16 years age group will participate. The southern chapter of the tournament will be hosted by SAP Labs India at their beautiful campus situated at Whitefield, Bangalore and the Northern chapter will be held at the Techtronics Facility in Gurgaon.

This year Challenge - Smart Move - requires children to focus on a very contextual and important issue facing the world today - safe and efficient transportation. The contest calls for teams to research and present their own creative applications of solutions to improve people lives. Weeks of research and design will culminate in the FLL India, where more than 300 children and mentors will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community.

The event is being organized by Techtronics Education, a company engaged in providing Robotics based hands-on learning solutions for children. Techtronics is the FLL operational partner in India.

"We are very excited and encouraged by the number of children who have participated in this event and hope to see it grow over the years to be the most exciting Robotics competition in India", said Mr. Sudhanshu Sharma, CEO of Techtronics Education.

"FIRST LEGO League gives children a hands-on, real world experience allowing them to use their imaginations and creativity combined with science and technology to solve real world problems. This unique robotic completion has now got its first foothold in India, thanks to Techtronics - our official FLL Operational Partner - with whom we look forward to see FLL grow and spread throughout the country," said Gerhard Bjerrum-Andersen, FLL program manager, LEGO Education (The LEGO Group).

FLL is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children, created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 based on their common belief that fun and learning go hand-in-hand, and that an inspired mind can accomplish anything. FLL is spread over 50 countries with 14,000 teams and 130,000 children participating in the event in 2009.

The FLL competition is judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork. The highest honor will go to the team that best exemplifies the spirit and values of the program

Each September, FIRST announces the annual Challenge to teams, engaging them in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® bricks, motors, gears and software, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program robots to solve real-world challenges. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at a high-energy, sports-like tournament.

"In solving the real world problems like transportation, FLL requires the children to apply the concepts of science, mathematics and environment studies that form a part of their curriculum, thereby reinforcing these concepts through application." said Mr. Apurva Kalia, Chief Judge, FLL India.

"FIRST LEGO League so brilliantly captures the natural curiosity and creativity of youth and combines it with real-world issues and research and teamwork activities that put children in a position to identifying and creating innovative solutions to big problems." said Jens Maibom, LEGO Group vice president. "In this manner, FIRST LEGO League inspires children around the world to realize the power of their creative thinking skills in making a real difference, which naturally makes them feel good and motivates them to continue learning by doing."

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About Techtronics Education

TECHTRONICS EDUCATION is a pioneer in this field in India. They have introduced - TALM (Techtronics Advanced Learning Module) - A Scalable Robotics / Activity Based Learning Solution which helps students to learn and understand the concepts of robotic education. Techtronics has also conducted many workshops & IRO in India.

Techtronics Education is a leading, activity based learning products & solution provider, based on LEGO Education platform. Techtronics helps various schools in setting up and running robotics activity clubs and teacher training programs all across India. Techtronics has also developed "Techtronics Advanced Learning Module (TALM)" which will act as an interface between the school curriculum and LEGO Activity Based Learning and Robotic products to bring this amazing concept to as many schools as possible. This will address India engineering and research manpower needs by introducing Engineering and Research concepts to children at a very early stage.

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