Three Young Bhutanese To Participate In The Global Robotic Olympics

Email

Three participants guided by a technical advisor and a team manager would go for the competition this year.

Photo Courtesy of FabLab Bhutan (Source: Facebook/FabLab Bhutan)

 

By Phurpa Lhamo | Kuensel

 

Three Bhutanese will represent the country at the Global Robotic Olympics this year. The event will take place in the Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City.

The Fabrication laboratory (FabLab) Bhutan has been accepting entries from young enthusiasts to represent the country. It is the competition that FIRST Global, a global non-governmental organisation holds annually.

Last year, over 170 countries participated in the competition. This year the challenge, themed Energy Impact will take place from August 15 - 18.

Criteria required of a participant for the Global Robotic Olympics

A participant has to be between 14 to 18 years old. Three participants guided by a technical advisor and a team manager would go for the competition this year.

Rinzin Tsheten, 18 is one of the three participants selected today. He completed class 12 in 2016 and has been part of the lab for over five months.

FabLab’s manager, Tshewang Tenzin Rabten said that the opportunity has not been restricted to the members of the lab only.

“The registration for the participation will close on May 15. Then we will select about 10 or 20 people and do further selection.”

The lab will train and guide the selected participants for the competition.

Any enthusiast falling between the required ages and having basic computer knowledge can register for participation.

The lab has received over 25 entries, mostly from students in Thimphu but no female has registered so far.

“Bhutan has a limited platform for those who are interested in robotics yet have no resources and a community to promote discussions on robotics. Through FabLab, we can meet people and also have resources to engage in innovative process,” Rinzin Tsheten said.

Aims of the Global Robotic Olympics

He said that the competition is aimed at bringing various countries onto a similar stage and to engage women in science.

FIRST Global strives to convince governments and organisations to embrace the education of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to support it by investing in their young adults.

Tshewang Tenzin Rabten said that the participants would receive an opportunity to engage with participants from various countries.

“This platform is an opportunity for children to grow and engage in technology.”

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 

 


Related Posts

Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Eco-Tourism): 54 Hours where...

The eventful weekend saw 130 keen people in attendance, of which 56 pitched ideas. This was the fifth time that such an...

Nov 29, 2017 08:46

Recognising the Potential of Youth

A positive approach that recognises the potential of youth and the optimal utilisation of this potential is explored in...

Mar 04, 2018 23:48

Bhutan Achieved 93% Youth Literacy Rate

93 percent of the students attend public schools, but the proportion of students attending public school decreases at...

Jan 13, 2018 11:50

Martial Arts Gaining Popularity with Bhutanese Youth

The President of BIMA, Damber Singh Rai, said that the programme is aimed at engaging students during the winter...

Jan 06, 2018 08:58

Top Five Business Ideas Bag Grants at National Start-up Weekend

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said during the prize awarding ceremony that although the government has been promoting...

Mar 20, 2018 22:53

Start-ups in Bhutan Will Benefit with More Funding

“However, in Bhutan most start-ups can’t do much marketing because of financial constraints.”

Apr 07, 2018 18:00

Latest

News

Find Innovative Solutions For Every Challenge: Prime Minister Modi To Bhutan’s Youth

Prime Minister Modi said that he ‘sees dynamism and felt energised’ while meeting with the future of Bhutan.

Aug 18, 2019 23:58

Prime Minister Narendra Modi On 2 Day State Visit To Strengthen India-Bhutan Bilateral Ties

Prime Minister Modi is visiting Bhutan upon the invitation of Bhutan's Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering.

Aug 17, 2019 23:59

Features

Fulfilling His Majesty The King’s Vision, Digital Drukyul Is Set To Improve Public Service Delivery And Empower Citizens Digitally

Digital Drukyul will help create a digital ecosystem for citizens which is unencumbered by bureaucratic red tape.

Aug 19, 2019 15:28

National Tourism Policy To Be Implemented By July 2020: Tourism Council Of Bhutan

Promoting ‘High value and low volume’ tourism has been Bhutan’s policy for the last 50 years.

Aug 12, 2019 17:48

Sports

Two Young Bhutanese Swimmers Competed In 18th FINA World Championship

The duo are proud to represent Bhutan and compete on a worldwide stage for the first time.

Jul 28, 2019 21:32

Bhutan’s Dragon Boys Starts FIFA World Cup Qualifiers With A 1-0 Win Over Guam

Midfielder, Tshering Dorji’s 35th minute strike was enough to make Bhutan win the first leg of the first round of the 2022 World Cup and...

Jun 08, 2019 22:18

Business

Southeast Asian Company Invests Over US$100,000 In Bhutanese Start-up Drukfood

The investment includes a mix of cash and investment-in-kind.

Aug 15, 2019 14:26

Bhutan’s First Crowdfunding Platform Gaining Traction, Opens Doors For Entrepreneurs To Raise Funds

So far, three promoters - Bhutan Alternatives, Freelancer Bhutan and Himalayan food have registered with the Bhutan crowdfunding platform.

Aug 05, 2019 22:10

Travel

7 Facts You Never Knew About Flying Into Bhutan

Druk Asia interviewed Namgyal Wangchuk, Senior First Officer with Drukair to find out what it's like to fly into Paro International Airport.

Aug 07, 2019 23:18

Bhutan Has Great Potential To Be A Top Eco-Tourism Spot: Albert Teo

Despite Bhutan being home to a wide array of flora and fauna, it is still not a top ecotourism destination.

Jul 19, 2019 23:58

Lifestyle

Finding One’s Voice: Rapping In The Kingdom Of Bhutan

The lack of support for rappers stems from the general misconception that most people have about rap.

Aug 10, 2019 23:38

First Bhutan-Bollywood Film Collaboration - Rolong: Make the Dead Walk In The Making

The film is expected to hit the theatres by the middle of 2020.

Aug 04, 2019 23:58

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!