June 4, 2023

To some, crumpled plastic water bottles, milk cartons, or popsicle sticks would possibly seem to be rubbish, however to brothers and entrepreneurs Rohit and Sidharth Srinivasan, these widespread on a regular basis objects signify a possibility for equitable STEM training. These and different widespread objects present the spine for Trasshbots, the Srinivasan brothers’ inexpensive robotics platform for colleges. 

“The title got here up from the concept we wished our merchandise to be as accessible as trash,” Rohit says. “There’s some unfavourable connotations together with that, however what we actually imply is issues like a water bottle or milk carton or issues that you just discover round you on this planet. That is what actual engineering is — actual engineering is with the ability to discover objects and repurpose them to have the ability to construct in the actual world.”

Trashbots: The Inspiration for an Equitable Robotics Firm  

The founders of trashbots

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Rohit and Sidharth based Trashbots (opens in new tab) whereas they have been attending Westlake Excessive College in Texas. They have been impressed to create a extra accessible robotics platform by their experiences volunteering to show in India. “We’d been spending each winter break going and touring to those Indian orphanages,” Sidharth says. “We might be going and educating them robotics, educating them science actions, math actions.”