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Dubai students create 3R robot raise COVID-19 awareness

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STUDENTS from Dubai Carmel School, backed by the School Innovation Department have created robots for COVID-19 awareness. The robots aims to raise students’ awareness of Covid issues, encourage their creativity, and increase reusing and recycling.

The school authority said the robot can act as a virtual doctor by checking the body temperature level of students, dispensing sanitising hand rub, and interacting with students. If a student is experiencing any symptoms, it can send an alert to the school officials. It can also program for conducting awareness classes for the students.

Three students, Maram Munzer, Malak Issam, and Irfan Rami, under the supervision of their teacher Jolly P Joy, spent three months to fulfil this project.

The school IT department hopes that this robot, which can interact with students, will help pupils raise awareness and equip them to deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.

“Most of the students make robots by buying parts from the shop and assembling it. Sourcing the components to build a prototype for a robot is no longer a challenge. However such robots will only work according to the program made by its makers. But on our robot, we can make changes to the program as needed and therefore use it for different tasks,” said Maram, one of the students involved with the development of the robot.

What makes this robot different is its construction method and the technology chosen for it. The concept of 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – was used effectively in the construction of the robot.

“We designed most of the parts using recycled scrap items. Scrap water cans, steel cans, utensils, water bottles, mixer grinder parts, boxes, aluminium drying racks, etc. are the major components used for creating the structure of this robot. Apart from this, we used abandoned electronic devices such as tab displays, processors, speakers, cameras, and sensors, acquired from our school labs. So the component purchase (ultimately the cost) is limited to a thermometer and some stationery items,” explained Irfan Rami.

This robot project is not only inexpensive but also promotes the concept of reuse. This is probably the first robot of its kind in the history of British schools in the UAE.

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