UTP Uses LEGO To Boost Interest In Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Last update: 18/07/2014

SERI ISKANDAR, July 17 (Bernama) -- The Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) recently held a RoboHOLIC 1.0 robotics competition to boost interest in learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among primary school students, especially those in rural Perak.

Students from SK Sultan Yussuf in Batu Gajah and SK Ayer Denak in Tronoh, participated in the event which was meant to ignite interest in IT, especially in Artificial Intelligence and Programming, to meet the future demands of the industries.

Jointly organised by UTP's Department of Computer and Information Sciences (DCIS) and Creative Minds, RoboHOLIC 1.0 was a training ground for UTP students from DCIS to learn advanced programming and robot construction using LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Education set, UTP said in a statement.

The training was conducted by Creative Minds which specialises in using LEGO building blocks to create mechanical movements and other robotic effects.

Founded by UTP graduate Muhammad Shafiq Shahrul Amar, Creative Minds works closely with the industry and institution of engineering in providing high quality education for children.

The company has won various awards at national level competitions.

According to DCIS lecturer Norshuhani Zamin, after completing their training UTP students are qualified to train school students on robotic project development.

They will coach students from SK Sultan Yussuf and SK Ayer Denak to compete in the National Robotic Competition (NRC) at state level in August.

The winner will then represent Perak in the national level competition, conducted in September 2014, Norshuhani, who is also adviser of RoboHOLIC 1.0, said.

Apart from RoboHOLIC 1.0, UTP DCIS has also conducted IT awareness initiatives such as the as Al-Khawarizmi Programming Competition and Hacking Competition for university students, Young Programmers Challenge and Mobile Apps Challenge for secondary school students, and Little Programmers Challenge for primary school children.

In addition, events such as IT and Society, and Kids and Social Media -- which is a collaboration between DCIS, UTP and Cyber Security Malaysia, serve to educate parents and children on the importance of not abusing IT and social media, UTP said.