For the first time, Makeweekend Robotics was held in Penang where over 100 youth came together to build technology that might help in obtaining planning consents for future large-scale search operations. With the aid of programming experts and constructive supervision, this time they were building on Arduino.
There were also teams that got their creative juices flowing with some technical and recycling materials that we provided.
“It was great seeing the excitement and the energy of the participants as they attempt to achieve the challenge.” said Ooi, Penang Science Cluster chief executive officer.
The winning team for the search and rescue challenge was students from SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian, Universiti Teknologi Petronas and a working professional. Their robot has successfully developed and delivered intelligent robotic system and was able to retrieve the distress beacon.
Three students interning at Intel Corp Penang and two other students from Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia scraped together as a team decided to build a low-cost robot that moved in sequence, inspired by the “dancing lion” concept.
The winning projects will be showcased at the launch of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) in April.
The event was hosted by INTI International College Penang. Key partners include MaGIC, INTI International College Penang, Penang Science Cluster, who supported the event and showcased their 3D printing.