KDU SOE Robo Challenge

Winning-teams of ROBO Challenge 2016 posed with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hon Wei Min (centre), KDU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic, in the group picture. “Boat Racer”, the new element for ROBO Challenge 2016, draws much interests from the engineering students to participating the competition.
“Steady Sailors” Gan Zi Xiang (from left), Naseer Mohamed Suhadh and Vimreen Singh Bhattal, with their water boat for the “Boat Racer” stage in ROBO Challenge 2016.  
Held on 9 November 2016 at KDU University College, KDU School of Engineering (SoE) had once again organised its annual ROBO Challenge with the aim to achieve three things for its students; (1) To foster technological literacy; (2) To provide a platform for applied engineering; and (3) To promote innovative design for future autonomous robot.

Participants grouped into a team of three are required to take part in 3 stages of the competition. “The contesters will be judged based on the completion time, programming complexity, innovation, creativity and technical design,” explained Dr Veronica Lestari Jauw, lecturer of SoE. The newest addition to the challenge this year was, “Boat Racer”, which attracted both students and many passer-by to the event.

At the end of the day, it was team “Steady Sailors” that proved to be convincing winners for the “Boat Racer” and “Line Tracking” category. The team was made up of classmates from Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering programme – Vimreen Singh Bhattal, Gan Zi Xiang and Naseer Mohamed Suhadh. The winner for “Robot Drawing” category went to other competing-team made up of Choo Kam Khuen, Tan Boon Ping, Ng Eng Hock, also from Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering programme.

This effort by SoE serves to highlight its ambition to organise engineering projects to equip students with skills to solve complex, real-world problems and to give equal emphasis to the development of soft skills to allow graduates to work across different job landscapes.