Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kids Impress at Robopreneur Carnival 2015

As early as 8 am in the morning on Saturday, 4th Jul 2015, Primary and Secondary students and their teachers started flocking to the NYP atrium to register and set up their booths. The atrium and auditorium were soon filled with students. The competitive spirit was in everyone’s hearts as students proudly displayed their SG50 themed robots, which they created in workshops held earlier. The aim of the event was to engage Primary and Secondary school students to enhance their thinking skills while having a fun filled learning experience with robotics.


This year’s theme was SG50, and everything, from the robots themselves to the challenges, were SG50 based. For the main challenge, students had 8 tasks to complete with their robots. As you can see in the picture above, the students had to pass 8 obstacles on a platform. The starting point on the platform represented Year 1965 and the end point was Year 2015. All the tasks included sub-themes that were related to the events that happened in Singapore between 1965 and 2015.

The tasks were: The “NS” Task, The “Stop At Two” Task, The “TV” Task, The “Airport” Task, The “3 Or More” Task, The “MRT” Task, The “Education” Task, and The “SARS” Task.

The maximum number of points each team could get out of this whole challenge was 200. In their teams, the students had to strategise to make sure they scored close to the maximum 200 points in a limited time frame. They also had penalties to take note of - they could not touch the robots after they left the starting point and every time they requested for a restart, points would be deducted.

Other than competing in the Main Challenge they also had a chance to compete in the Air Race and Creative Robots segment. For the Air Race, students got a chance to fly drones and had to land their drones on a specific landing area within a limited time frame.

For the Creative Robot segment, the students were supposed to create robots that may benefit Singapore in the future. They came up with a lot of interesting ideas.  We did not have a chance to speak to any of the students but we took some photos of their cool robots (see below).


Overall, I think that the event is a wonderful platform for these students to showcase their interest and talent in robotics. Honestly, I came to the event thinking that the students would build something that I would have seen before, but I was wrong and all their ideas were fresh and they blew me away. Great job guys! Never stop doing what you guys do best. See you guys again next year!

Here are the results for the various categories:

Best Booth Design Award (Open Category):
3rd: Chua Chu Kang Primary School (SB06)
2nd: Xinshan Primary School (SB05)
1st: West Grove Primary School (SB07)

Creative Robot Award (Primary Category):
3rd: West Grove Primary School (SB07)
2nd: Yew Tee Primary School (SB08)
1st: Xinshan Primary School (SB05)

Creative Robot Award (Secondary Category):
2nd: Hong Kah Secondary School (SB02)
1st: Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (SB06)

Best Robot Performance Award (Primary Category):
3rd: Woodgrove Primary School (MP32)
2nd: Meetoh School (MP09)
1st: Xishan Primary School (MP33)

Best Robot Performance Award (Secondary Category):
3rd: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS37)
2nd: River Valley High School (MS28)
1st: Yuan Ching Secondary School (MS49)

Best Mechanical Design Award (Primary Category):
3rd: Yew Tee Primary School (MP39)
2nd: Woodgrove Primary School (MP31)
1st: Clementi Primary School (MP01)

Best Mechanical Design Award (Secondary Category):
3rd: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS37)
2nd: River Valley High School (MS25)
1st: Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (MP07)

Most Bizarre Robot (Primary Category):
3rd: Woodgrove Primary School (MP31)
2nd: Yew Tee Primary School (MP39)
1st: West Grove Primary School (MP22)

Most Bizarre Robot (Secondary Category):
3rd: River Valley High School (MS26)
2nd: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS37)
1st: Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (MS07)

Best Technical Presentation Award (Primary School):
3rd: Clementi Primary School (MP01)
2nd: Woodgrove Primary School (MP31)
1st: Yew Tee Primary School (MP39)

Best Technical Presentation Award (Secondary School):
3rd: River Valley High School (MS24)
2nd: River Valley High School (MS25)
1st: Chua Chu Kang Secondary School (MS07)

Best Research Journal (Primary Category):
3rd: Jurong Primary School (MP04)
2nd: West Grove Primary School (MP22)
1st: Xinshan Primary School (MP33)

Best Research Journal (Secondary Category):
3rd: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS41)
2nd: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS40)
1st: Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (MS37)

Thematic Challenge Championship (Primary Category):
Xishan Primary School (MP33)

Thematic Challenge Championship (Secondary Category):
Singapore Girl’s School (MS37)


By Muhammad Zafar B Zulkefli, PFP (Diploma In Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology)

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