Kenneth Teo Tze Kin, Executive Committee Member for IEEE Sabah Subsection
2020 Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition (Sabah Zone)
Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition program is an initiative from the IEEE community and education to provide early exposure to special students in terms of robotics technology and innovation. This program was made as a culture to spark more student’s interest in the robotics world.
On 17th and 18th February 2020, Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition (Sabah Zone) conducted by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was successfully hosted by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) IEEE Student Branch at the Faculty of Engineering, UMS.
10 special need schools (OKU) from (1) Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tanjung Aru, Kelombong, (2) Sipitang, (3) Kota Marudu, (4) Papar, Kinarut, (5) Labuan had participated in this event. They have been divided into 20 groups which include 40 students and 19 teachers in total. With the theme “Overcoming Obstacles to Success”, this event has provided a platform for special need students to gain knowledge about robotics by training and enhancing their skills in robot construction, algorithm development and strategy planning. They were required to build the best pick and place robot using Microbit. With the encouragement and motivation from their teachers and IIUM’s lecturers and students, they managed to program their robots to compete with one another in a short period of time. Throughout this program, their time management skill, competitiveness, adaptability and creativity were empowered. Despite the busy schedule, the students had the opportunity to pay a short visit to the famous UMS Aquarium.