Each year the NASA human exploration rover challenge features and engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of Human space exploration . Vikhe Patil Memorial School took an initiative to send students to Delhi for Jesco von Puttkamer Cup India 2017 and won second position at national level and also received Young team award.
JVP India CUP 2017 was organized successfully at Amity University, Noida (on 12th & 13th October 2017), under license between Tec Mantra Labs, India and Jesco Von Puttkamer society with the great Support of Mr. Ralf Heckel (Director International Space Education Institute, Germany). He is founder of Jesco Von Puttkamer society. The event was organized for the first time under collaboration tec mantra labs (india) and jesco von puttkammer society (germany) with support by director at NASA Huntsville.
10 Teams from Schools and Universities all over India including Indo Swiss Training Center, Chandigarh, Amrita VishwaVidhyapeetham, Kerala, Chandigarh University, Chandigarh, University Instituteof Engineering & Technology (UIET), Kurukshetra University, SRM University,Chennai, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Vikhe PatilMemorial School, Pune and Tech Mantra High School Team, Haryana participated.
The teams were judged on the basis of Design of the Rover, performance comparison, integrity and team spirit by Ms. DeepikaDavuluri- Ambassador, ISEI, Mr. Ralf Heckel, CEO at Jesco Von Puttkamer Society, Germany, Mr. Navdeep Singh,Director, Tec Mantra Labs – Kurukshetra (Haryana) and Dr. MS Prasad- Director, Amity Institute of Space Science & Technology. The teams were given necessary technical support and they were asked to design foldable Rovers- the length, breadth and height of which should not exceed 1.5 metres and should weigh between 45-50kgs. During the course of the race, various obstacles were created which were supposed to be traversed by the Rovers on a 2 kms track including “Big Circle”, “Crevasses”, “Ramp”, “Moonrocks”, “Undulating Hills”, “Slalom” and “Sand Trap”. All the Human powered rovers designed by students were timed right from the first stage of “Unfolding and Assembly of Hovers” to the final completion of the race and penalties were awarded on wrong movements.
Students learned basic contruction of rover and assembly of rovers and also how to ride buggy on final track clearing all the obstacles . The Principal Ms Mrinalini Bhosale and school management congratulated the mentor Mrs Nidhi Jain, parents and the students for bringing laurels to school.