Ishita Ranganath|Sep 29, 2022
IIT Mandi hosts summer camp on robotics, artificial intelligence for 100 school students
IIT Mandi school camp PRAYAS 1.0 was organized from July 1 to 22 in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam.
NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) has concluded its first school camp on robotics and artificial intelligence -- PRAYAS 1.0. The 22-day event organized from July 1 to July 22 was held in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam, Shimla.
IIT Mandi PRAYAS 1.0 programme enabled students to learn about the fundamentals of robotics and artificial intelligence. About 100 students were selected for the IIT Mandi school camp programme from over 1200 students of Himachal Pradesh, said the institute in a statement.
During the IIT Mandi school camp programme, classes on robotics and artificial intelligence were taken. The students were taught theoretical concepts and hands-on sessions that included how to use various programming techniques, sensors, actuators, communication devices, and power devices. They were also taught to assemble components to build robots. . Sports activities were also organised for these students, and they were introduced to the several labs on the IIT Mandi campus.
By the end of the IIT Mandi school camp, students were able to build different kinds of robots. They were also provided with a take-home robotics kit. As part of the IIT Mandi school camp, students planted over 200 plants in nearby areas under a plantation drives organised with NSS IIT Mandi.
“I want IIT Mandi to have at least a ratio of 50% students from Himachal in the future. The Institute wants to encourage the school students to develop a skill in them at an early stage and make most of this opportunity; We also plan to call teachers from schools and ITIs to get hands-on experience with IIT Mandi faculty and lab facilities,” said Laxmidhar Behera, director of IIT Mandi.
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