MIRI: SMK Chung Hua Miri won three categories out of six competed in the State-level ‘National Robotic’ competition (NRC) which ended here yesterday.

The three categories the school won in were the NRC football category; Regular category (Pro) and open category (smart cities).

The two-day competition which started on Tuesday was held at the school’s hall, involving 121 teams comprising 363 students from both secondary and primary schools.

SMK Chung Hua Miri team posing with their creation. According to their mentor Darren Ng (left) it took them six months to create the robot for the competition. The robot won in the Regular category for the Smart Lighting.

Almost all schools in the state took part in the 15th edition of the robotic competition.

The state champion will compete in the national level to be held in September. The national winners will represent Malaysia at the World Robot Olympiad in Gyor, Hungary to be held from November 8 to 10.

The National Robotic Competition (NRC) is one of the STEM programmes designed for primary and secondary school students aged between seven and 19.

This programme is organised by the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MoE) in collaboration with Sasbadi Holdings Berhad since 2005.

The main objective of the NRC is to foster students’ interest in the STEM field, sharpen their creative thinking skills (KBAT), creative and innovative problem-solving skills and to train teams to work together to solve challenges.

In 2018, the Malaysian contingent with 20 teams emerged overall champion in the seventh WRO held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The contingent also won three gold medals, one bronze medal and four brilliant awards in the 15th edition of the tournament. At the tournament, 486 teams from 63 countries participated in the various categories.

The Malaysian contingent had emerged as the overall WRO champion in Pohang, South Korea in 2009; Manila, Philippines in 2010; Kuala Lumpur in 2012; Jakarta, Indonesia in 2013: Doha, Qatar in 2015 and New Delhi, India in 2016.