May 31st to June 1st 2016, IEEE CASS Malaysia together with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Robotic Club and a local school, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bandar Baru Bangi Jalan 2 organized a LEGO Robotics workshop intended for school students of the age group 7 to 12 years in conjunction with the public school holiday. A total of 50 students from a few states in Malaysia, mostly from neighbouring states, Putrajaya and Selangor joined the 2 days workshop.
The objectives of this workshop are to provide opportunities and exposure to the school students on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through robotic design and to infuse enthusiasm and interest in invention and innovation.
The workshop starts with an interesting introduction to the LEGO Mindstorm NXT programmable robotic kit, followed by a few short training modules on creating robot of several categories namely soccer robot and obstacle avoidance robot. On the second day of the workshop, students were grouped into smaller groups and given opportunities to compete in a soccer robot match and obstacle avoidance robot competition, putting their knowledge and creativity to the test. It was interesting to see how these school students work together coming up with interesting solutions for the matches and competitions. Top 3 groups received prizes from IEEE CAS Malaysia.
The school students are very pleased with the workshop, thanks to the team of cheerful and engaging workshop instructors. To IEEE CAS Malaysia delight, majority of them are excited to join this workshop in the future.
Mohd Amrallah Mustafa
Program Chair LEGO Robotics Workshop (email: email@example.com)
Half of Participants for Robotic Lego Workshop