RoboSprint 2012 is an all Pakistan national robotics competition being hosted by Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) this weekend, 14-15 July, 2012. The idea has its roots in an annual robotics competition regularly held within CASE to promote passion for the field of robotics among its students. It was initiated by the CASE Robotics Group (CRG) and its success has bred the confidence to take it to the national level, where it would serve as a National Educational Campaign in itself.
CRG has managed to bring both national and international laurels by consistently winning various competitions like the National Engineering Robotics Competition (NERC), organized by EME College, NUST and ROBOCON sponsored by World Broadcasting Association (WBA). One of the robots named ‘Ayaan Rover’ has won at NASCON 2010 and EMCOT 2010 as well.
The idea of RoboSprint has thus caught fancy of most of the engineering schools, and more than forty teams from different universities have arriveded for the competition. The robotics knowledge base developed at CASE is being openly shared, and as per commitment, CASE team has educated engineering students of Pakistan through two distinguished programs; the National Student Coordination Program (NSCP), and Special Robotics Seminars. This novel altruistic concept morphs RoboSprint 2012 from merely a robotics competition into a fully‐fledged national educational campaign. Under NSCP, CASE has assigned co-supervisors to all registered teams, and about 22 Special Robotics Seminars have been delivered at 15 universities across Pakistan.
In order to provide equal opportunity for participants from other cities, CASE collaborated with University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore and PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology (PAF-KIET), Karachi where RoboSprint competition fields have been constructed through its own investment. These fields and the field at CASE are open for robots’ testing and demonstration by any student.
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