KUALA LUMPUR: Four Malaysian students from Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) have won two gold medals at the 2019 International Robot Olympiad (IRO) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Dec 15 – 20.
“The robot they built is called Dr Plant. It is capable of identifying tree pests and controlling them using pesticide spray,” Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) said in a statement yesterday.
Bentong MRSM students Ahmad Muqry Hasni and Nur Ain Balqis Mohd Razuan won the gold medal in the Creative Category Challenge, with the theme “Robot: Agricultural Revolution”.
Meanwhile, Ziyad Azhar and Hana Humaira Wan Hasnan of Kota Putra MRSM took the gold medal in the Robot in Movie Challenge. Their video was themed “Robot: Agricultural Revolution”.
The Malaysians competed against 800 students from 14 countries including South Korea, China, Singapore, the Philippines, New Zealand, Egypt, Indonesia and Thailand.
According to Bernama, the competition requires participants to create a robot that is related to a given theme, and develop it as multimedia work. The challenge tests the students’ planning ability, understanding of mechanical knowledge, and broad knowledge in various fields such as editing and special effects.