Post by: Rubi Balami, Team RukuBot Member
The First Global International Robotics Olympics has proven to be one of the greatest opportunities for not only Team
The team members, our team mentor, Satish Aryal, our school principal, Vinod Mahat along with Shashi Sharma Aryal, Chairperson of Rukmini Foundation, and Shyam Bahadur KC, coordinator of Shikharapur Community Learning Center went together for this visit.
Facing the Traffic in the scorching Sun, we arrived at Office of Education Ministry, Singha Darbar at 12:30 PM. Our Robot was with us, and everyone was so curious to know about the Robot. They wanted to touch it, feel it, and see it work. At the meeting with the Education Minister, we were able to demonstrate what our robot does, and what the challenge we were trying to solve.
Our team in front of the Ministry of Education
Our Education Minister conveyed that the First Global Challenge and the work we have started is a grand opportunity for the development
We were so proud to be interviewed by major media in Nepal.
After a short meeting and the Robot demonstration with the Minister, we were interviewed by Annapurna Post and National Television. Being on National Television and seeing our work on the front page of a renowned national newspaper makes us happy, and also it makes us feel even more responsible for this upcoming competition.
Demonstrating our robot in front of such
What is even more important is that we wanted to show that this type of project can be valuable to students, and how there are not sufficient plans or policies to improve the quality of science and technology education in community and government schools. In schools like ours, there is no modern equipment to be able to conduct projects like this. We were only able to accomplish what we have done so far with the help of Rukmini Foundation and First Global.
We are so proud to be a part of STEM family, and because of this project and our visit, we believe that our Education Minister and other high-level government officials came to realize the possibility and necessity for providing robotics education to the students from an early age. They have seen with their own eyes what students like us (from public and community schools) can do with some guidance. We hope that they understand the importance of providing opportunities to all people, whether they are from the rural area or belongs to a poor and deprived family or from any ethnicity, race, and gender. We hope that our work and our visit will inspire policy to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education in our country.
This visit was totally new for us. We are not used to getting this type of opportunity to meet with important officials. However, due to this project, we have learned so much and have been able to interact with so many others. We are representing ourselves, our schools, our communities, and our country of Nepal. So many people have hope for us, and it motivates us to make this competition successful for everyone who is participating along with us.