Date:February 26, 2022
Peer learning is one of the greatest forms of instruction as it is easier for students to connect with individuals of the same age group, leading to the student being more receptive to the lesson being taught. Armaan Gupta, a young innovator still in grade 9, but already highly accomplished in the field of robotics and software development, spoke to our students of grades 5 to 7 about his journey to success. Like any kid, he loved building with legos and it was this love that paved the way for his journey into robotics. He gave us insights into his first robot that he presented on national level competitions, the process that went into its development, and his next step that led him to RIIDL, the incubation center where he had to opportunity to develop his ideas further with use of more advanced technology such as laser cutting machines and 3D printers. His venture into MakerMela 2018 and the subsequent recognition that it got him was truly emotional to hear. ‘Dostbin’, a revolutionary idea, showed Armaan’s maturity and his thinking skills that were well above his age. At the end of the talk, our students were burning with questions and were inspired to be innovators themselves. The most impactful takeaway message from Armaan’s talk was that it is of the utmost importance to know one’s priorities and manage time accordingly, and to never fear failure.