Y- Robot makes its mark for the future of education

Over 27 schools from Penang and Butterworth as they showcased their robotic designs and engineering skills in a robotics exhibition Penang’s Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng checking the booths displaying robots. YAB Lim Guan Eng, in his keynote speech, addressed the crowd with the message that it is important to rekindle the interest in science and technology by providing a platform of guidance such as talks, competitions, quizzes and exhibitions in Penang to to steer the state as a scientific center of excellence.
The Robolution era in education has definitely begun as the Lego Robotics Program themed Y-Robot initiated by the Penang Science Council was officially launched today by Penang's Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng at KDU College Penang. In an event that was attended by various head honcho's of the different Engineering and Technology Multinational National Corporations around Penang, the atmosphere of the event was definitely lively as the Chief Minister also witnessed the pairing ceremony of the schools with their respective mentoring Multinational Corporations. This initiative was made possible with support from MNCs such as Motorola, Intel, National Instrument, Dell, AMD, BCM, Vitrox, Osram, Seagate, NationGate, B. Braun, SRM, Sasbadi and higher learning institutions like KDU to cooperatively bring resources, expertise, innovation, inspiration to support schools and students around Penang.

Placing the importance of education amongst the young, this robotics program has been identified as an excellent platform to help steer the young children towards science and mathematics. Blending science and creativity, it provides a fun and easy learning path for young people to nurture their innovativeness through robotics. Students will accumulate their knowledge and hands-on approach by using the LEGO building blocks and the NXT-G visual programming language tools to design and build a multitude of robot configurations to perform specific tasks. The goals of this initiative are long termed as it is designed to guide students to develop a healthy interest in robotics and engineering careers.

YAB Lim Guan Eng, in his keynote speech, addressed the crowd with the message that it is important to rekindle the interest in science and technology by providing a platform of guidance such as talks, competitions, quizzes and exhibitions in Penang to to steer the state as a scientific center of excellence. He urged the students to continue being competitive in gaining knowledge to develop a dynamic and innovative society.

As one of the spearheading leaders of this initiative, Mr. Yew Tian Tek who is the leader of the Penang Science Council Sustainable Education & Learning Pillar as well as the Managing Director of Motorola Technology Sdn Bhd also said in his speech that they are proud to spearhead this program as it builds synergy between students in schools, training institutions and companies in the industry. He further added that this effort will move towards fostering and nurturing a love for science among the future leaders of our nation.

Dr. Chong Beng Keok, Principal and CEO of KDU College Penang said in her speech that the college is actively supporting this initiative by through its "Club Adoption Initiative" by adopting the robotic club of high schools around Penang to further ignite students' interest in science and technology using the FUN way.

The event also brought together Robotic Teams from over 27 schools from Penang and Butterworth as they showcased their robotic designs and engineering skills in a robotics exhibition held in the same venue together with their mentors from the industry who initially trained under the train the trainer program facilitated Dr. Gil B Barte of KDU College Penang.