TANJUNG MALIM: A total of 200 students from nine schools participated in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Robotics 2019 workshop, which was held over the weekend at Sri Tanjung Hall, Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Campus in Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
The workshop involved Year Four to Year Six students of Tanjung Malim schools, aimed at exposing the students to STEM-based activities.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Proton City (SKPC) was selected to be the organiser and choose the schools around Tanjung Malim to participate.
The other eight schools were Sekolah Kebangsaan Methodist, Sekolah Kebangsaan Behrang, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Chung Sin, Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjong Malim, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Behrang 2020, Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Kamaruddin, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Tan Sri Dato’ Manickavasagam and Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Nan Kaya.
SKPC headmaster Salmi Ali said the workshop was able to polish the skills and creativity of primary school students in robotic handling techniques in preparation for future competitions.
“We’re grateful to be given a chance to organise this workshop which received encouraging response from the schools, teachers and students,” said the headmaster.
The workshop was the first to be held in Tanjung Malim with the cooperation from Sinergi Ilmu Resources Sdn Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s Yayasan Amal Tenaga (YAT).
Meanwhile, YAT chief executive officer Mohd Marzuki Yasoa, during the speech when launching the programme, said the two-day workshop was aimed at attracting students to venture into robotics.
“The workshop also aims to give students an early exposure to the industry revolution 4.0 as well as create more jobs for them in the future,” he said.
Sinergi Ilmu Resources Sdn Bhd managing director Mohd Jaini Mohd concurred, saying that the students were also exposed to theoretical aspects of hardware and software related to robotics.
He said students were also given the opportunity to build robots and make programming and compete at the end of the workshop.
During the workshop, participants also took part in sumo robot competition with SK Behrang emerging as winner, beating SJK(C) Chung Sin.