Team Altas was formed as one of the first rover teams operated by school students in 2016. Soon after, they were announced as the champions of the Project Showcasing Segment of Technival, an annual competition organised by Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET). They have recently participated in World Robotics Championship 2019’s Robo Race, which was held from September 23 to 25, in India.
Robo Race challenged the participants to build their own robots with the specified dimensions to achieve the maximum speed and beat other robots on the given track, by reaching the finishing line in minimum time. Using their Falcon XXIV Autonomous Rover, which could be controlled both manually and through artificial intelligence, they have secured a position among the top 15 teams. The event invited over 40 countries as participants. Creative IT was Team Atlas’s proud sponsor.
So far, the team has won over twelve national fests and has made the nation proud by making it to the top 10 teams of Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge (SAUVC) 2018. The team leader, Sunny Jubayer, from Dhaka College, also won the first Technical medal for Bangladesh at International Robot Olympiad 2018.
Sunny stated that initially, they had to use a friend’s room as their ‘lab’ and the prize money from different events financed their robots. Being students, travelling outside Dhaka was another challenge that the team faced. Their current challenges include gathering sponsorships and payment of registration fees for international events. They also need to order certain things from Amazon, which take time to ship internationally. According to the team, YouTube videos, paid online courses, practical work and extensive research are helpful resources when it comes to robotics.
In the future, Team Atlas intends to help young people to become more active in robotics. They also plan to go to NASA’s Human Exploration Challenge.