Kerala to distribute 12,000 robotic kits to school students
The Kerala government has announced its plan to distribute 12,000 robotic kits to school students as part of the Little KITEs scheme, according to Education and Labour Minister V. Sivankutty. The initiative aims to provide intensive training in five areas and has already provided 9,000 kits in animation, cyber safety, Malayalam computing, hardware, and electronics over the past five years. Sivankutty stated that an additional 3,000 kits will soon be disbursed. The minister made these remarks during the inauguration of a two-day state camp for Little KITEs at the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) venue.
Sivankutty further expressed his optimism that once the program reaches its target of raising awareness among 1.2 million students across the country in robotics technology, Little KITEs will position Kerala as the leading state in this mission. The minister emphasized the significance of holding the camp at the KSUM premises, stating that it provides participants with insights into future employment opportunities and job culture. He also highlighted the value of sharing experiences during the camp. The event, attended by 130 participants, features an exhibition showcasing products created by students from all 14 districts of the state.
Among the notable projects presented at the camp were spectacles developed by Jeslet Joby from Mala town in Thrissur district. These spectacles assist visually-challenged individuals in sensing obstacles at a certain distance and can be operated wirelessly. Another invention showcased was a pesticide-sprinkling robot by K. Sreenand from Kasaragod. The robot, equipped with a 360-degree fire-dousing system, also provides data collection capabilities related to agriculture.
Additionally, Ahmed Rasheed from Malappuram district created a small machine that measures insulin levels in the blood and supplies the necessary hormone to aid metabolism. This invention aims to support the increasing number of diabetics in the state. Aghosh K.R. from hilly Wayanad presented an animation movie featuring the story of a tusker named Arikomban, which has captivated the people of Kerala. The movie revolves around the elephant's frequent visits to Chinnakanal in Idukki district, highlighting the unique relationship between the animal and the region. The camp, scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, also includes products such as a sensor-attached walking stick, an automatic parking system, a Bluetooth wheelchair, and an automatic railway gate.
KSUM serves as the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.