This October, many Schools in Delhi NCR flocked to Pathways School Gurgaon for the third annual Pathways Gurgaon Inter-school Robotics fest called ‘Robongiers’ from Oct 9-10. The competing schools included Pathways World School, Aravali, Amity International School, Gurgaon; Manav Rachna International School, Faridabad; Amity International School, Noida; Scottish High International School, Gurgaon; Manav Rachna International School, Gurgaon; Manav Rachna International School, Charmwood; Suncity World School and the host school – Pathways School Gurgaon.
The event was graced by Capt Rohit Bajaj, School Director, Pathways School Gurgaon and Mr Prashant Jain, Director, Pathways Schools. The competition was declared open by Capt Rohit Bajaj with the lighting of the lamp. Encouraging the students, Capt. Rohit Bajaj said, ‘There is a certain untapped resource within us, called potential. This event is being hosted to tap this untapped potential’. Mr Prashant Jain shared also his words of wisdom with the students and said ‘It’s not always about the end product. It is about the process and the building because that is what makes it possible for the result to happen again’.
This was followed by a performance by Pathways students on a Baroque composition ‘Canon’ by J.S. Bach. This was followed by another fun performance ‘I’ve Got a Robot’, a rap and song that was sung by the students of grade six students. The last performance was a dance on a medley of electric music and an old famous song, ‘(I’ve had) The Time of My Life’.
Soon, the competition started. The first round was an ‘Electronics’ round, where all the teams had to build their own small light-following robot that would sense and follow the light of a torch. In the next round, the students were given a situation where passengers of a plane crash were stranded in the forest, and the robots, which were to be built of lego, needed to be built and programmed to travel through a maze and pick up these passengers.
The competition was organised to challenge logical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills of the students. Robongiers engaged students at a much deeper level and the hands-on applications and creative design required to accomplish the task will be an experience unlike any that they have ever encountered. The students worked hard during the two days, motivated and determined to prove themselves; thereby fulfilling the purpose of this competition – tapping the untapped potential within us.
Vanshika Goel, currently studying in Grade 7 at Pathways Noida, participated in Colours of Saying, the Dylan Thomas Response to Poetry competition this summer. This was open to all in various age groups. She entered in the 10-12 years age group for which a response to The Hunchback in the Park by Dylan Thomas was required.
She turned in her response through a poem of her own – a remarkable one for someone her age.
The results of the competition were recently announced and her entry was shortlisted for publication in an anthology to be released by the Seventh Quarry, the magazine that initiated this competition to celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary, at a facilitation ceremony in Swansea, Wales on 6th December 2014.
We are proud of her and look forward to many more poems and thought-provoking responses to poetry from her!
Aditya Bala, a grade 12 student at Pathways Noida was awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in ‘Gothia Cup 2014’ at Gothenburg, Sweden. Aditya Shares his experience of achievement in his own words.
The ‘Gothia Cup’ is a youth football tournament held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. Youth teams throughout the world enter the competition. This year, almost 1700 teams from around 80 nations across the globe participated in the ‘Gothia Cup’. Only 6 clubs participating in different categories including both boys and girls took part from India. I got an opportunity to give a try out for the club which was participating from North India. After many try-outs and practice sessions, I finally got into the team. I was representing ‘Glacier Football Club’ in the category of Boys16. My friend and classmate Samrat Bhattacharya, who plays as a defender was also selected by the same club and we were truly excited to set on the journey to Gothenburg.
We left on the 12th of July looking forward to the thrill and experience awaiting us in Sweden. The 10 days we spent over there cannot be explained in words. Making new friends, sharing things from people we barely know and roaming independently in the city of Gothenburg all by our own is unforgettable. It was an exhilarating experience, beside the ineffable excitement of testing our feet on the international soccer field.
The much awaited tournament finally took off on the 13th of July. We lost our initial matches against Sweden and Norway. But our third match against Germany was a tough one which ended in a draw. The next match with Russia was a good one for us as we defeated them with a score of 1-0. We managed to reach the pre-quarterfinals but lost against Denmark. The level of professionalism and football, has a whole different meaning at the international platform was a big lesson learnt!
However, to the best of my surprise, I was one of the top ten members out of all the players in my category to be awarded gold medal by FIFA for outstanding performance in the matches and I have been asked to participate in the next year’s tournament as I have been spotted by various European clubs. Who knows what is there in store for me in my future!