In the Summer of 2017, members of the FTC eBorg Robotics team conducted an outreach nearly 8,000 miles away in Mumbai, India. India is a country with more than one billion people, only a third of whom are able to read. Rapidly growing size of population, shortages of teachers, books, and basic facilities, and insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the nation’s toughest challenges. As such, the team decided that an underprivileged school in the Thane District would be the perfect place to hold an outreach. Students in this school came from families with little money many of which lived in the notorious slum areas of this 16th most populated Indian city. This school became the setting for an unbelievable opportunity to ignite the flame of curiosity within its students. Members of eBorg Robotics spent an afternoon teaching the kids about the basics of robotics using a Lego EV3 kit and software. Together, the eBorg Robotics mentors and students successfully constructed a demo robot. This rookie FTC team had taken a significant step forward in achieving its goal to inspire students to pursue education in an area that up until now they never knew existed. In order to commemorate the experience, eBorg Robotics donated a Lego EV3 kit to the school. Additionally, the team continued to guide the students by connecting with the teachers and their classes through online mediums such as Skype. eBorg Robotics hopes to continue to serve and support local and global communities in a similar manner.
Below is a video we made about our outreach in India.
Below are more pictures taken during our outreach event at Liberty Science Center.