Mumbai: Makebot, Mumbai based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) Education provider, announced its partnership with the international MakeBlock to bring their international Robotics Championship, MakeX, to India. MakeX offers a competitive platform for students across the globe, who are passionate about innovation through collaboration. Further, MakeX aims to appreciate and encourage students to apply the multi-disciplinary learnings of STEAM principals.
Makebot, through its extensive network of schools and collaborations in the country, will be conducting several state and regional level competitions, so as to filter out and select the best teams that will represent India at the international arena. These include city specific competitions in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune, followed by a national championship to be held at Mumbai on 9th Nov 2019. Through the competition, students are expected to devise creative solutions to difficult problems, work as a team, learn sportsmanship, communicate effectively and build leadership skills.The finals for MakeX 2019 are scheduled to be held in China, Guangzhou on 29th November, 2019 at Asian Games Town Gymnasium.
MakeX competition focuses on themes that promote innovative thinking and problem solving capacities of students, while helping them to drive the creative imagination for the same.
The theme for MakeX 2019 is “City Lights” and it is aimed at challenging young people to solve real-world problems that we may face every day, including environmental pollution, food safety, recycling, viral infection and more, by applying STEAM concepts to Robotics. The Competition is divided into 2 programs based on different difficulty levels and targeting at various age groups:
· MakeX Starter – City Guardian: This is a multitasking competition for young people between Junior (6-13 years), Senior(12-16 years). It is divided into two parts: automatic stage and manual stage. The City Guardian mainly focuses on encouraging collaboration and communication between two alliances and thus inspiring contestants to develop good social skills from an early age.
· MakeX Challenge – Courageous Traveller: This is a confrontational competition for young people between 11 to 18 years old. It includes of two camps: Red alliance and Blue alliance, each one is combined by two teams. The Courageous Traveller mainly focuses on improving young people’s ability of design, precise control, software programming, and strategy analysis.
Speaking about the significance of STEAM Education and the participation of Indian students in an international Robotics platform, Mr Amit Verma, CEO & Director, MakeBot, said “As a futuristic education technology and STEAM learning provider, we believe in offering new age experiential learning for students in the 21st century. With MakeX, our students get a chance to participate and showcase their skills on an international platform, which is a huge motivational factor not only for them but also for parents and teachers. For STEAM and Robotics to be accepted as a vital part of the next generation education system, such international recognition can go a long way. As strong promoters of STEAM Learning, we are honored to be able to contribute towards driving a deeper understanding and value of Robotics and steam learning among parents, teachers and students.”
The registrations for MakeX in India close on the 15th September 2019.
For participating, schools or parents can log online on https://makebot.in/makex/index.html and register. Based in the age group and after understanding the other rules and regulations, they can purchase the relevant MakeX kit’s online and students can start practicing, before attending the region/ state level competitions.