Sunday, November 28

Robotics competition a platform to produce science, technology experts

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Abu Bakar (second right) watching a match at the Malaysian Combat Robotics Competition 2017 yesterday. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Combat Robotics Competition 2017 will be able to promote innovative science engineering and technology among students thereby producing more experts in the field said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

He said the competition was an important platform in ensuring continuous succession of experts in the field as they are among the key drivers of growth for the nation.

“Previously the robotics field was probably not important but students must be encouraged to love science if we want to produce more scientists,” he told reporters after the prize presentation ceremony here yesterday.

A total of 25 public and private higher learning institutions participated in the robotics competition which required participants to produce custom-built machines to battle one another in a special arena.

‘Adtec B’ team from Advance Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) emerged champion while ‘KKTMPJ’  from Mara Advanced Technology College in Petaling Jaya and ‘Adtec A’ won second and third placing respectively.

Abu Bakar said the competition was also aimed at raising positive perception among the community and to make students more optimistic in choosing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as career fields. — Bernama