It was a proud moment for the team from SMK Bandar Tenggara 2, Kota Tinggi, Johor when they bagged the top prize of RM1000 for the Robocar category at the UTM-KEJORA iCARE Robotic Programming League 2017. The programme was jointly organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Lembaga Kemajuan Johor Tenggara and the iCARE researchers.
The competition which is now entering its seventh year, aimed to attract students to venture into programming. Each year, different challenges are presented to test the creativity and innovation of the competitors. The team that becomes the winner is a group that managed to control the movement of the robot on the circuit and pass all obstacles quickly.
The Dean at UTM Faculty of Computing, Prof. Dr. Abd. Samad Ismail said the competition helps promote the development of human capital and enable participants to test their four generic skills, mainly troubleshooting, creative thinking, interpersonal communication and teamwork.
“It also provides an opportunity for students in rural schools to upgrade their skills and confidence so that they’re comparable to schools in urban areas,” said Prof Samad, adding that the programme also fosters the interest of students in science and technology, especially information and communication technologies.
20 groups from 14 schools within Kejora joined the competition this year.