Team AIRO Shines at John Hopkins University Robotics Challenge 2017


Team AIRO ( competed for 5 categories at John Hopkins University (JHU) Robotics Competition 2017 to win all 5 First Prizes

Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics of John Hopkins University (JHU) has been organizing yearly Robotics Competition for many years now. It is open for all middle school & high school teams. Year 2017 competition was held at JHU Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD on 29-April-2017. It is a great learning experience and very motivating for middle school and high school girls & boys who are in STEM related learning and activities. The JHU PhD & Graduation students of robotics department are amazing. They play role of judges & coordinators on the day of competition, and role of mentors & advisers during many weeks before the competition day. They complement classroom instruction by providing students with a unique opportunity to apply classroom skills and knowledge in a fun and competitive environment

Team AIRO, a group of three 7th graders [Om Desai & Gyan Ghoda both of New Providence Middle School, New Providence NJ], and [Siddhant Desai of Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany, NJ] are deeply involved in STEM related learning & community activities with an unique concept of "Young Students Teach Younger Kids". This year, Team AIRO has participated in all five challenges at JHU competition this year. Team AIRO has also mentored a team of three young boys [Samarth Desai, grade-4 of Morris Plains, NJ], and [Abdd Sharma, grade-4 & Anand Ghoda, grade-2 both of New Providence, NJ] who participated in two challenges this year.

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For Team AIRO, a lot of hard work, focus on what they do, and support, well wishes & mentoring from the community paid off big time in this year's competition. They won First Prizes in all 5 challenges they participated, and also got a special recognition for 'judges’ most favorite prototype'. Not only that, the team they have mentored this year, also got one first and one Second Prize for 2 challenges participated.

Disclaimer: This participation by Team AIRO is a self-sponsored activity, not facilitated/supported by schools! 

Awards Presentations Video:


Videos of five challenges competed by Team AIRO:

(1) Code Review: Middle Schools and High Schools teams compete in separate categories.


(2) Shark Tank: Middle Schools and High Schools combined to compete in same category.


(3) Mystery Maze: Middle Schools and High Schools teams compete in separate categories.





(4) Slithering Slalom: Middle Schools and High Schools teams compete in separate categories.





(5) Dancing Robots: Middle Schools and High Schools combined to compete in same category.


Videos of two challenges competed by extended Team AIRO:

(1) Code Review: Middle Schools and High Schools teams compete in separate categories.


(2) Slithering Slalom: Middle Schools and High Schools teams compete in separate categories.




You can support Team AIRO and their community activities via GoFundMe



Article published: 30-April-2017

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