Be(e)ing the robotic champion
Robotic Champion She is yet to enter her teens but this class VII girl is part of the India’s youngest ever team – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – to qualify for the First Lego League, European Open championship in Aarhus, Denmark next month.
Twelve-year-old Kavya Vignesh at present is giving final touches to the robot that has the potential to save honey bees in residential areas.
Studying in Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, Kavya loves creating things that help solve real-world problems. Kavya, by using a combination of hi-tech components and robotics, has developed a Bee Saver Bot that removes honey bees. The species, since times immemorial, has been responsible for pollination and honey production globally, safely and carefully without harming them or humans. She has been, in fact, practicing robotics since she was nine.
Named Lightning McQueen, the robot is made using Lego Mindstorms EV3, the third-generation robotics kit in Lego’s Mindstorms line. Lightning McQueen uses EV3 large motors, colour sensors that are used for line following, gyro sensor to take accurate turns, and pneumatics for multi-tasking.
Kavya has won many laurels including several robotics championships (Delhi Regional robotics championship 2015 and 2016) and is now excited about representing India in the forthcoming international competition.
The ‘Bee Saver Bot’ scans the beehive, and relocates it by building an enclosure that safely transports the beehive to the nearest bee farm, without harming any humans or bees.
“This solution can save millions of bees from getting hurt and actually relocate them back to bee farms from where they can be back on the fields where they contribute so much to our food chain,” the robotic champion noted.