SEPANG: Kontinjen negara muncul juara keseluruhan Kejohanan World Robot Olympiad (WRO) ke-12 di Doha, Qatar, selepas menewaskan cabaran 43 negara lain. Pengarah Bahagian Kokurikulum dan Kesenian, Kementerian Pendidikan, Rozainum Ahmad berkata ia susulan kejayaan memenangi tiga pingat emas, dua perak dan dua anugerah kecemerlangan. Beliau berkata, kejuaraan itu adalah kali kelima dalam tempoh tujuh tahun. Katanya, kontinjen negara berjaya menebus kekecewaan merampas kembali gelaran tersebut selepas hanya muncul naib juara keseluruhan tahun lalu. "Kontinjen negara berjaya menewaskan 43 negara lain dalam kejohanan kali ini dan kemenangan ini sangat kami banggakan," katanya kepada pemberita ketika menyambut kepulangan kontinjen negara dari Doha, Qatar di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA), di sini hari ini. Dalam kejohanan yang berlangsung di Doha dari 6 hingga 8 November lalu itu, kontinjen Malaysia terdiri daripada 19 pasukan membabitkan 57 peserta dan bertanding dalam tujuh acara. Tiga pingat emas negara dimenangi oleh pasukan YC Adventure Kidz dari Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Yuk Chai, Petaling Jaya dalam kategori Terbuka Sekolah Rendah; Pasukan Robotist dari Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) USJ 4, Subang Jaya pula menang kategori Terbuka Menengah Rendah manakala dan pasukan Aramaitee dari Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Kota Kinabalu, Sabah dalam kategori Gen II Bola Sepak. Wakil YC Adventure Kidz, Lim Yi Hang, 10, berkata pasukannya sangat gembira robot penjelajahan bawah air yang dicipta mereka berjaya menggondol pingat emas. "Kami berharap ciptaan kami boleh pergi lebih jauh dan dikomersialkan. Kami juga belajar banyak perkara dalam pertandingan ini terutama dalam membuat pembentangan dan bertemu peserta dari negara lain," katanya. Bagi wakil pasukan Robotist, C. Jaimishran, 15, pasukannya mengambil masa lapan bulan untuk menyiapkan projek yang dicipta untuk membantu tugas dan meningkatkan tahap keselamatan pelombong. "Tahun lalu kami mengambil bahagian tetapi tidak menang. WRO adalah pertandingan yang amat sengit, terdapat banyak pasukan dan banyak projek yang hebat, tetapi kami bekerja keras dan akhirnya menang," katanya. Wakil pasukan Aramaitee, Zahin Arif Saiful Azian, 15, berkata robot pasukannya berjaya menewaskan pasukan Greece 5-3 dalam perlawanan akhir Gen II bola sepak. "Sebelum ini kami sudah beberapa kali bertanding di WRO tetapi hanya berjaya sampai ke suku akhir, kali ini dapat jadi juara, kami sangat berpuas hati," katanya.
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SEPANG: It was a double celebration this Deepavali for C. Jaimishran and his team when they won a gold medal at the World Robot Olympiad 2015 in Qatar.
They designed a robotic suit, equipped with its own drone and a moving camera system, to help miners who work in dangerous conditions.
Besides Jaimishran, the team from SMK USJ 4 comprised two other Form Three students –S. Ruhanesh and Liew Chan Yue.
“We feel happy about our team’s achievement as our hard work had paid off.
“Our win is extra special as it is a present for my parents on Deepavali Day,” said Jaimishran at the KL International Airport yesterday.
Their winning project for the lower secondary schools category is called the MECH, which stands for mechanically enhanced crisis handler.
“Its main purpose is to help miners with their task and also to protect them when there is a crisis,” said Liew.
“The body suit will also automatically activate a gas mask if dangerous gases are detected.”
Ruhanesh said the suit, equipped with a camera system called Alpha, would explore the mine before the miners go in.
“There is GoPro camera attached to it, with a 360° view of the mine.
“There is also a gas sensor, so that when it detects harmful poisonous gas, it will send a signal to the suit. Once it is activated, a mask on the body suit will be turned on,” he added.
The drone, which is equipped with a GPS device, can detect the user’s nerve senses and emit signals to the system which could help identify the wearer’s location.
Asked what inspired the project, he said the group was moved by the Chilean mining disaster in 2010 known as the Copiapo mining incident.
“Although all of the victims were rescued after being trapped for 69 days, they were left physically and mentally traumatised,” said Ruhanesh.
“They were later allowed to return to work in the mines.
“We would like to build a system with a rapid solution in the event of a mining crisis.”
The group was among 19 Malaysian contingents that grabbed three gold medals, two silver medals and two distinction mentions in the World Robot Olympiad competitions.
The competition saw some 3,000 participants from over 44 countries competing in the competition, themed “Robot Explorers”.
SEPANG: Malaysia emerged as the overall champion for the fifth time in seven years in the 12th World Robot Olympiad (WRO) after clinching three gold medals, two silver and two excellence awards.
Education Ministry Co-Curricular and Arts division director Rozainum Ahmad said the national contingent regained the overall title after finishing as the overall runners-up last year.
"We beat 43 other countries in this competition and we are very proud of this victory," she told reporters after welcoming the return of the national contingent from Doha, Qatar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today.
In the competition held in Doha, Qatar from Nov 6-8, the Malaysian contingent comprising 19 teams involving 57 participants competed in seven events.
One of the gold medals was bagged by the YC Adventure Kidz from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Yuk Chai, Petaling Jaya, in the Open Primary School category.
The second gold was won by the Robotist team from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan USJ 4, Subang Jaya in the Open Lower Secondary category.
The Aramaitee team from Kota Kinabalu Mara Junior Science College, Sabah bagged the third gold for Malaysia in the Gen II Football category.
YC Adventure Kidz representative Lim Yi Hang, 10, said his team were thrilled that their underwater exploration robot was announced as the gold medal winner.
"We hope that our invention can go further and be commercialised. We have also learned a lot of things in this competition and got the chance to meet with participants from other countries," said Lim.
C. Jaimishran, 15, representing the Robotist team said his team took eight months to complete the project, which was designed to assist the duties and increase the level of safety of miners.
"Last year we took part and we didn't win. WRO is a very tough competition, there are so many teams and a lot of great projects, but we worked hard and finally won," he said.
Aramaitee team representative Zahin Arif Saiful Azian, 15, said their robot defeated Greece 5-3 at the final of the Gen II football category.
"We competed a number of times in the WRO but only made it to the quarterfinals, and this time we are very satisfied to bag the title," he said. — Bernama