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Robotics Bootcamp Blitz: IEEE Sarawak Subsection Ignites School Students’ Inventive Spirits

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The IEEE Sarawak Subsection Robotics Bootcamp for the Junior Category was conducted on 23rd March 2024 at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. The one-day workshop was led by Ir Dr Hudyjaya Siswoyo Jo, Chair of IEEE Sarawak Subsection, with the aim of providing young minds with fundamental skills and knowledge in robotics.

13 teams from 4 secondary schools across Kuching participated in the bootcamp, consisting of students from lower secondary forms 1 to 3. A total of 48 students attended, showcasing the growing interest in STEM-related activities among secondary school students in the region.

Under the guidance of the facilitator, participants received comprehensive training in programming the Makeblock mBot robot. By understanding the logic behind the mBot’s decision-making capabilities, participants developed problem-solving skills and learned how to apply logical reasoning to program the mBot robot.

The bootcamp served as preparation for the upcoming RoboRace challenge scheduled for 27th April 2024 at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. Equipped with the knowledge and skills gained during the bootcamp, participating teams are now ready to put their programming abilities to the test in the RoboRace challenge. The challenge will not only test their programming skills but also their ability to optimise their robots for speed, accuracy and efficiency.

 

A week later, the Senior Category of Robotics Bootcamp led by Dr. Evon Lim, a lecturer from the Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering department, Swinburne University Sarawak took place on 30th March 2024. The one-day workshop aimed to provide students with advanced practical skills and knowledge in robotics.

8 teams from 5 secondary schools across Kuching participated in the bootcamp. A total of 25 students turned up for the bootcamp, showcasing a dedicated interest in robotics among senior students in the region.

During the bootcamp, students learned to program the Makeblock mBot robot using sensors and servos. The focus was on navigating through a labyrinth where students applied their programming skills to guide the robot through various obstacles. The bootcamp served as a preparation platform for the upcoming PathFinder challenge scheduled for 27th April 2024 at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak.

Equipped with the skills acquired during the bootcamp, participating teams are now ready to tackle the PathFinder challenge where they will put their programming abilities to the test in navigating through complex environments.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Dr. Sheena at sphilimon@swinburne.edu.my or Dr. Hudyjaya at hsiswoyo@swinburne.edu.my

 

Report prepared by:

Ts. Dr Sheena Punai Anak Philimon, MIEEE
Executive Committee (Educational & Student Activities)

Ong Chin Ann
Executive Committee Member (Communication & Promotion), IEEE Sarawak Subsection 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2023-2024 IEEE Senior Member