The contingent comprising 19 teams of students from primary to tertiary levels outshone the rest with their robotic projects and design in the battle that took place last week.
With the theme Rap the Scrap, competitors submitted designs that revolved around reducing and recycling of waste.
All in, the contingent bagged two gold medals (out of seven in total), two silvers, one bronze, and an excellence award.
Prior to New Delhi, the teams selected to represent Malaysia were chosen over 3,000 others after competing at the National Robotics Competition (NRC) held at Universiti Teknologi Petronas in September.
NRC is an annual event jointly organised by the Education Ministry and Sasbadi Holdings Bhd, a publisher of educational materials focusing on primary and secondary schools.
Deputy Education director-general (operations) Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab, who accompanied the contingent said he was proud of the teams which had brought honour and glory to Malaysia.
“We are a worthy overall champion as we demonstrated outstanding ideas and astounding robotic designs.
“This win is proof of our students’ capabilities in robotics when it comes to competing at the highest levels.
The ministry is pleased with this sterling achievement, and will continue to sponsor participants to the next WRO in order to boost the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said in a statement.
In the past seven years since participating in the competition, Malaysia has bagged the Overall Champion title five times.
“Active participation in competitions such as the NRC and WRO is one of the keys in promoting STEM education among Malaysian students,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
Moreover, the ministry is integrating Computational Thinking skills and Computer Science into the new Standard Based Curri-culum for Primary and Secondary Schools in phases, he added.
“Through robotics programmes such as NRC and WRO, students had a chance to apply Computational Thinking skills to their robotics projects,” said Chong in a statement given during a pre-competition training camp.
The first training camp was at Pusat Kokurikulum Negeri Selangor, Kem Tekali, Hulu Langat in early November, while the second took place at SJK(C) Yuk Chai in Petaling Jaya late last month.
The most crucial part of their preparation was when the students had to fine-tune their presentations and creations.
Qualified robotic trainers from Sasbadi were on hand to guide and facilitate students at both training camps.
“The Malaysian contingent has achieved the best track record so far among 50 other participating countries,” said Sasbadi Holdings group managing director Law King Hui, who was overjoyed with the latest achievement.
“This is the best showing by far after beating 57 other countries.
“In the last eight years, we’ve been overall champion for six of them, testament to the hard work put in by the ministry and Sasbadi in sponsoring the teams to WRO since 2005,” he said.
This year, 500 teams from 57 countries competed in themed events such as Waste Sorting, Clean Road to School, WRO Football, Recycling Plant and Bowling, which is an advanced robotics challenge for tertiary level students.
One of the gold medals was from Team Jaafarinas from SMK Dato Jaafar, Johor Baru, which entered the Open Category for upper secondary schools.
Its members comprising Tengeo Chee Ying, Eunice Chia Yin Yee and Ong Su Hui, were mentored by Isabelle Wong.
Two teams from SJKC Hua Lian (3), Taiping, Perak also did their school proud by bringing back a gold and silver.
Ewe Zi Heng, Vincent Tan Yi Jian and Kenny Poh Zi Wei were from Team HL3-B. They were mentored by Ong Chai Ling.
HL3-A the school’s other team comprising Ong Hao Wei, Ng Chong Wei and Leong Jia Zhe, were under the guidance of Khaw Wei Kiat.
Petaling Jaya’s SJKC Yuk Chai contributed a silver, with Team YC KIDS.
Yong Saan Cern, Andre Ng Zhi Wey and Lim Yi Hang, the three team members were mentored by Tan Chai Jo.
The Brick Makers from SJK(C) Jalan Davidson, Kuala Lumpur, took home the bronze in the open category for primary school.
The team consisted of Wong Cheng An, Tan Ji Tao and Loh Huey Xin, who were mentored by Jane Ng Ai Vern.
The excellence award was given to Bintulu Hawks from SMK Bintulu of Sarawak, who managed sixth placing in the open category for secondary schools.
Joel Yang Kai Sheng, Christian Caleb Anak Shane and Ronan Ling Jing Yik, who made up the team were under the mentorship of Yong Yee Yung.
Ronan 15, said his team took nine months to prepare for the competition.
“We used Lego and Tetrix parts to build our robot. It recycles used cooking oil and makes it into soap,” he said.
The students built, designed and programmed the robots on their own, emphasised Khaw of SJK(C) Hua Lian.
“First, we (mentors) had to teach the students programming, before we began brainstorming. The team has been preparing for this since March,” he said.
Beyond all these, students must also have the ability to think on their feet as there is a “surprise task” during the competition, with those managing to figure it out earning themselves bonus points.
More on WRO can be found at www.wroboto.org.
Sumber: The Star Online – http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/12/04/teams-triumph-at-global-robotics-meet-teens-triumphant-after-robotic-outing/