Gangtok: Students of Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School (PNGSSS) bagged the second position in Robotex Asia held in China recently this month.
The girls were selected for this competition and Robotex International in Estonia, Europe after lifting the champion’s title in Robotex nationals held in Ahmedabad earlier this year. The winning team from the Northeastern state has made the entire country proud by bagging the second position in their category of ‘lego line follower’.
The total participants were almost 5,000 from prominent Asian countries and 250 in their category alone.
The four-member team from Sikkim — Ivan D Lepcha, coach-cum-teacher PNG; Bath Sheba Lepcha; Prerna Pradhan and Sristika Sharma, all from Class XII (Science) — was accompanied by Dhruv Patel and Gopal Maheshwari, co-founders of Robotex India.
“Despite the tough competition, we were really happy to know about our win. We were really happy to share the news with the world about our achievement. It is indeed a proud moment for all of us,” shared Prerna Pradhan, a student.
Likewise, another student, Bath Sheba Lepcha, shared that the competition in China was totally new compared to the nationals which they had participated earlier. “There were 10 mats and the competition was going on simultaneously. We were really not aware of who is performing well. We were simply focused on giving our best,” she said.
Sristika Sharma, another student, said, “We got to witness participants of various age groups which really inspired us. We realised that we need to work on our speed and we are now motivated and ready for Robotex International, Estonia to be held later this year.”
Coach Ivan shared this achievement to be a prominent one and gave all the credit to the students who worked really hard and did not lose confidence during the competition. “It was an inspiring learning experience for us. We got a good inspiration from other competitors and now, we are open for radical changes,” he said.