Georgian inventor girls to visit NASA Space Center
17 April, 2018
Georgian inventor girls to visit NASA Space Center
Georgian schoolgirls will visit NASA Space center in summer and take part in an educational program. Three students 17 years old Tamo Mikeladze, Nini Khundzakishvili and 15 years old Ani Tetrashvili calimed the first place in the Millennium Innovations Award competition that aims to reveal young inventors in the STEM fields.

Moreover, as a part of the program of Space Center University, the young inventors will visit museums, galleries and private places of Space Center Houston, where the tourists and
visitors are not allowed to enter.

Millennium Challenge Account Georgia

The winner team from gymnasium AIA GESS has presented project “Robot Labourant” that is aimed at helping students to conduct experiments in natural sciences from home. The invention enables students to get education from distance and has the ability to comply and perform specific tasks that the students order the robot from home. The robot can speak and answers the questions about the ongoing experiment.
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The winner team from gymnasium AIA GESS has presented project “Robot Labourant”

Everything started with the idea of creating “Robot-Laborant,” which was implemented by the team and then presented at “Millennium Innovation Awards.” As one of the members of the team, Tamo Mikeladze explains, the contribution of gymnasium AIA GESS in carrying out the project is significant.The pupils study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and work on various projects together with their mentor David Songhulashvili there.
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The pupils study STEM and work on various projects together with their mentor David Songhulashvili

Millennium Innovations Award is organized by MCA-Georgia and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

What is Robot-Laborant and how it was created? Tamo and her team members were concerned about the fact that most children do not have access to the scientific laboratories, what hinders the process of studying natural sciences.
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Awarding ceremony

“We wanted to establish the real, remotely controlled laboratory. Then we perfected this idea with the help of our mentor and started working on it. We wanted to help those students who have limited possibilities or live in remote places to get education not only through books or internet, but conducting research and experiments.

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Still from awarding ceremony

What makes our devise innovative is that it enables students to conduct the researches in the fields of physics, chemistry and biology from any part of the world remotely.

Moreover, using Robot-Laborant gives them an opportunity to get the information from inaccessible and remote places,” explains Tamo Mikeladze.
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Young inventors will visit museums, galleries and private places of Space Center Houston

According to 17 years old inventor, working on the project was quite was difficult and yet very interesting.

"Implementation of any project is connected with many obstacles and of course we also faced some problems, but gradually we managed to solve them and complete the project. Since we are interested in science and innovations, we found out about the project “Millennium Innovation Competition” long time ago. We wanted to take part before, and eventually we came up with “Robot-Laborant.” It is impossible to achieve success without teamwork and mutual understanding between the teammates. Accordingly, cooperation was the key to our success while working on the project,” Tamo says.
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Millennium Innovations Award aims to encourage young people with innovative ideas and projects in STEM fields

Tamo recalls the process of announcing the results of the competition:

“We still can hardly believe that soon we will visit the biggest educational center of NASA. All science enthusiasts dream about getting there one day,”

Millennium Innovations Award aims to encourage young people with innovative ideas and projects in STEM fields.

As a reminder, in 2015 two Georgian school boys from Akhaltsikhe, a small city in Georgia’s southwestern region, Irakli Kapanadze and Karlo Khutsishvili, won the competition with their invention, named the “Multiclimatizator,” and took part in the annual innovations summit at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.
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According to young inventors, working on the project was quite was difficult and yet very interesting

In 2016, four young Georgian students became the winners of second-annual Millennium Innovations Awards competition. The boys’ team named Solar invented an innovative technology for increasing solar cell efficiency and gained victory at the Millennium Innovations Award competition carried out by Millennium Challenge Account - Georgia. The members of Solar were: Giorgi Nioradze, Vakho Kontridze, Giorgi Marjiani and Beka Mikadze.
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Still from the awarding ceremony

In 2017, the members of the champion team were the 8th grade students at St.Aleksi Shushania's school-gymnasium in Senaki, a town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, western Georgia: Natia Shamatava, Dea Chitaia, Alexi Tkebuchava, Lika Kokaia and Gvantsa Chikovani.

Author: Mariam Menabdishvili

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