ABA students create world record with dominoes circuit

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A computer is a fascinating piece of technology that can solve arithmetic problems faster than any human can. Instead of making a computer’s processor out of electronic circuits, a team of grade 12 students decided to make it out of dominoes.

The team from the American British Academy (ABA) was led by Saaatvik Suryajit Korisepati, supported by Alex Freyer, Zoltan Sojitory and other computer students.

The team had planned to execute a 5-bit adder which will be able to add any number up to the sum of 63.

The previous world record was a 4-bit adder that could only add numbers up to 31.

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With more than six months of hard work and dedication, the team successfully created a new world record by making the first 5-bit adder using dominoes. They used 15,000 dominoes to build the circuit at Bank Muscat headquarters.

Commenting on this world record, Saatvik said, “This is a classic example of perseverance and determination. The previous world record was by an Australian mathematician and his team for a 4-bit adder. We tried for a new world record with a 5-bit adder. We could not succeed in the first three attempts.

“We were not let down by failures. In fact, we learnt something from every attempt. We improved the design and the construction of the circuit which required critical thinking. On October 20, after eight hours of tireless efforts, we set the new world record for a 5-bit domino computer.”

Saatvik said this would have never been possible without the support and encouragement from teachers and the Parent Teachers Association at ABA who supported the project. “We are extremely thankful to Bank Muscat management who allowed us to use their premises to attempt this world record.”

Commenting on what the team plans to do with the tens of thousands of dominoes lying in carton boxes, Saatvik said, “Our team has decided to donate some of the dominoes to our elementary school to help students learn some simple adders.

“A majority of these will be donated to charities that support schoolchildren who are less fortunate than us.”

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