Gateway celebrates Children’s day with Robotics and STEAM activity day

Among the most recognised names in private education in Sri Lanka, Gateway has a long heritage of energizing, enlightening and empowering children for the challenges that lay before them. Gateway Group was founded to prepare its students intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to become upstanding citizens.

The STEAM Activity day and Robotics Competition organized in collaboration with Hilton Colombo Kids Club, to commemorate Children’s Day, served as an exploration platform to over 300 children, as they eagerly engaged in many fun activities which triggered their curiosity, creativity and innovative thinking capabilities. Activities in Drama, Dance, Story Telling, Arts & Crafts, Robotics and STEM, introduced the challenging subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, through fun activities in a manner that children could easily grasp and truly enjoy.

The Robotics Competition conducted by Gateway School of Computing in collaboration with My STEM Labs India, had an eager participation from many schools in the Island. The competition was organized to promote Robotics and STEM education in the country, in an interactive competitive platform, by providing students with hands-on experience to design and build programmable robots that can complete an assigned task.

Gateway College Kandy, won the Championship in the Senior category and Gateway College Negombo were the Champions of the Junior Category. Yoshida Shokanji International School and Vidura College emerged the 1st Runner up and 2nd Runner up respectively in the Senior Category. The 1st Runner up in the Junior category was Alethea International School and another team from Gateway College Negombo were placed 2nd runner up, in the Junior Category.

Hilton Awards for the most innovative robot designs of the Senior and Junior categories were awarded to Gateway College Kandy and Gateway College Negombo respectively.

Many forward thinking organizations that strive to ignite the innovative skills of the children in Sri Lanka supported this initiative. Hilton Colombo hosted the event as the main sponsor. DFCC Bank and DSI Samson Group co-sponsored the programme. Gifts were provided by LEGO, Uswatte Confectionery Works (Pvt) Ltd, Ceylon Biscuits Limited, Maliban Milk Products (Pvt) Ltd and Hameedias. The event was put together by the collective effort of Gateway Centres, located across the island, that offer a broad range of enriching programmes for young learners, teenagers, school leavers and professionals, in all areas of STEAM education.

Further information on STEAM related courses offered can be obtained from Gateway centres: Borella: 011 2670632, 011 2670633, Nugegoda: 011 2816815, 011 2829334, Bambalapitiya: 011 2502100, 011 2583858, Panadura: 038 2240386, 038 2240387, Galle: 091 2233677, Matara- 041 2222083, Kandy- 081 2233587, 081 4475372

Gateway’s Scrabble Champion

Adheesha Dissanayake of Gateway College has been the youngest player to take part in the Sri Lanka Masters Scrabble Tournament and also the youngest to win a trophy in the history of this event. He did so by edging out a former Sri Lanka Youth Team mate, Pasindu Malawaraarachchi in the finals of the plate division 6 games 5.

Adheesha, is yet to celebrate his 11th birthday. This year, he became the youngest player ever to take part in the Premier Players Tournament which is restricted to the highest rated players in the country. He did admirably well in his first appearance winning games against former national champions Lakshan Wanniarachchi, Jayaska Baranage, and Indunil Amarasinghe.

Adheesha was also the youngest player at the National Scrabble Championship for three years in a row and he has secured a place in the top ten in both 2019 and 2018. In January he was the second youngest player at the prestigious Capgemini International Scrabble tournament in Bangalore and finished as the only under 18 player in the top ten by securing fifth place.

Most notably Adheesha has been selected to represent Sri Lanka at the World Youth Scrabble Championships (known as the WESPA Youth Cup) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - again as the youngest player from Sri Lanka. He will return to the venue where he secured the title of world under 10 scrabble champion this November.

The Sri Lanka youth scrabble team was runner up at the Presidential Sports Awards for best upcominging team and Adheesha once again became the youngest to receive a certificate at the event.

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