(File pix) Gold Award Winner and Best Teamwork Winner SMK Tengku Ampuan Intan representing PI1M Kuala Berang with their Coconut Grater robot. Pix courtesy of NST Reader

SMK Tengku Ampuan Intan, Terengganu representing PI1M Kuala Berang was announced as the grand prize winner of Digi-Petrosains Robotic Programme 2017 with their innovative Coconut Grater robot and walked away with a cash prize of RM1,000 and a trophy recently.

A collaboration between Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd with Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, the Digi-Petrosains Robotic Programme 2017 is a robotic programme tailored to provide secondary school students basic designing, coding and proximity sensor training in a robotic development programme.

Hosted at eight PI1Ms (1Malaysia Internet Centre) managed by Digi across the country, this eight-month programme has engaged more than 144 students from 48 schools located around the 48 PI1Ms. Dubbed as the Young PI1M Inventors Challenge, the grand finale saw the 16 finalist schools presenting their ideas and robots that were built based on the theme of “designing a solution to answer a real-world science and technology challenge through programming and building extensions for their robot”.

The second and third placing went to SMK Gedangsa representing PI1M Felda Gedangsa, Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor with their Robovac robot and SMK Seri Pagi, Senawang, Negeri Sembilan with the Smart Dustbin robot respectively.

The prizes were presented to the winners by MCMC’s Digital Communication and Ecosystem chief Datuk Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus accompanied by Digi’s Corporate Affairs chief officer Eugene Teh and Petrosains’ programmes director Kamaruddin Kassim.

Eugene Teh said PI1Ms continue to make an impact in creating positive social change to the surrounding communities through capacity building, knowledge learning and upskilling, which is in line with Digi’s mission to empower communities.

“It is encouraging to see how this programme has helped build the students’ confidence and inspire them to learn more about robotic and programming via Internet connectivity made available at their respective PI1Ms. We hope that this programme will motivate them to pursue careers in STEM related industries and able to contribute to the nation’s development in the future,” he added.

Kamaruddin Kassim said, “This partnership with Digi has enabled Petrosains to work together in delivering an educational development programme for the younger generation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specifically in the field of robotic and coding at the PI1M centres.

“We hope that the programme had helped the students build a solid foundation in technology, design and innovation while developing critical and systematic thinking skills.

“We also hope that programmes such as the ‘Digi-Petrosains Robotic Programme 2017’ will inspire more students to take up career paths in science related fields including in the high technological field of robotic,” said Kamaruddin.

A Best Presentation Award was given to SMK Kebangsaan Bedong, Kedah while SMK Tengku Ampuan Intan also scooped the Best Teamwork Award. The Best Booth Award went to SMK Sungai Rawang, Selangor.

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