The Penang Science Council and KDU Penang held its first Robotics Challenge for students |

The Penang Science Council and KDU Penang held its first Robotics Challenge for students

Primary Students from SJKC Chong Cheng(red shirt) vs SJKC Min Sin (yellow shirt) SRJKC Min Sin is Champion of Robo Soccer Competition Champion goes to secondary school students from SMK Tinggi Bukit Mertajam, winning RM2500 cash

Group photo of winners of PSC-KDU Robotics Challenge 2012 Mr. Rajesh Purushothaman from National Instrument
The Penang Science Council with collaboration with KDU College Penang organized its 1st Robotics Challenge among primary and secondary students to foster interest for science and technology. According to Rajesh Purushothaman, Managing Director of National Instrument who is also Penang Lego Robotics Program Lead, this robotics challenge is good continuation from the

Penang Lego Robotics initiative launched last year which already has 141volunteer mentors trained so far under the Sustainable Education and Learning Pillar in the Penang Science Council. This collaborative idea was firstly mooted by Mr. Yew Tian Tek, Managing Director of Motorola and Leader for the Penang Science Council Sustainable Education & Learning Pillar with the aim to enhance interest in the engineering industry and the scientific community. This is such as this program has been identified as an excellent platform to help steer the young children towards science and mathematics. Blending science and creativity, it provides a fun and easy learning path for young people to nurture their innovativeness through robotics.

Dr Chong Beng Keok, Principal of KDU College Penang in her speech, also addressed the industry leaders to play an active role in educating and training students for a sustainable future. "We have to inspire and enthuse young people in science and engineering. To do this we have to create a conducive environment for associating technology and engineering with personal enthusiasm and passion for innovation, and relating them as enrichment to our daily lives, industry and society."

This 1st ever PSC – KDU Robotics Challenge featured over 100 students in robotic teams from over 19 schools from Penang and Butterworth. It was a sight to behold as they showcased their robotic designs and engineering skills together with their mentors from the industry.

From early in the morning, the event was bustling with visitors, counselors and students wanting to take a closer look at some of the robots on display. Fellow industry partners including National Instruments attended the event with its CSR mission to engage students with technology and prepare them to become the innovators of tomorrow. "Through our collaboration with LEGO, for example, millions of students, starting at age 6 are learning how to build and program robots. It is our hope that this competition will continue to grow in strength over the coming years and will become part of the effort to foster a culture of innovation in our students", Rajesh Purushothaman, Managing Director of National Instrument further quoted.

The event was graced by YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang. In his speech, he stressed the importance to plant this vision to inspire and generate excellence through technical innovations, in tandem with the Penang State governments' vision to put Penang in the map as a developed state for the manufacturing sector.

At the end of the day, team Cluster Botz from SMK Tinggi Bukit Mertajam bagged the top prize which was RM2500 cash with Challenge Trophy which will be displayed at their school for a year until the next challenge the following year. First runner-up went to team Lucky Bot of SMK Berapit who went home with RM1500 and trophy for each member, while the second runner up went to team GSS from SMK Georgetown who cuddled home a trophy each and RM1000 cash. Meantime, the primary school's Robo Soccer Competition prizes went to SJK (C) Min Sin Team B2 with RM300 cash, followed by SJK (C) Min Sin Team A3 with RM200 cash and team A1 from SJK (C) Kwang Hwa with RM100 cash prize. It was indeed a fabulous day for everyone.

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