Dexbot 2018 – A Report

“00110011 00100000 01111001 01100101 01100001 01110010 01110011” said the Bot. “I’ll ease you by decoding the bot’s binary verse…” 3 years. The robotics club of MIT, was then lead by Neville Chamberlains. But now, after three years of inactivity and with dynamic young Winstons, the club has now gotten a second wind, and a new name even, that’s MITRA. The Robotics association had a national level robotic symposium, on March 16 and 17. The symposium mainly aimed at improving the ‘dexterity of students in robotics’ and hence was aptly named DEXBOT.

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The association lead by students themselves, has been radical in axing the conventional workshop ironies like,  “Please don’t touch the components. PS: That’s an exclusive hands-on workshop”. Thus, the students have made their workshops sessions totally indigenous by having the tutorials and seminar made by themselves. (Thanks to those lecturers who completed their syllabus by seminars conducted by students). The symposium had participants and visitors across the state. The Audience hardly found a seat on day one and on day two. Despite the rain the count was decent.

DAY 1:

Students organising the event and those who came to attend them were both shaking on day one, former out of anxiety and the latter out of excitement. The technical events including maze solver, Robothon and Arduino challenge reached out to lot more students than expected that the organisers found it difficult to evaluate the event results. The workshops that started on day one were IoT (Internet of things), AVR for robotics and ARDUINO for robotics. These workshops went on till day two without any warp in the student’s response.

 

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DAY 2:

Events like Robo-Soccer, RC racing were not just technical events but were a visual treat to those who spectated the event. The day two was bestowed with a new event, probably the first of its kind, Sort Bot. Participants from various colleges participated in the one-day workshops like computer vision, ethical hacking and android workshops. These workshops in dex-bot deserve a special applause as they were completely indigenous and students, who made the symposium gain a long-standing reputation deserve a special mention here.

Thus precisely, the event has attained its reach among students and has succeeded in its aim of propagating knowledge. The association is stays healthy enough to organise even better symposiums in the upcoming years with the agenda “INNOVATE TO ACCELERATE”

Reported by: Sai Sudharshan, First Year, Automobile Engineering

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