Malaysian contingent brings home Grand Prix and KEIT Special Awards from Korea, beating 48 others
Two Malaysian teams returned home victorious after winning the Grand Prix and KEIT Special Awards at the 14th International Standards Olympiad, held in South Korea this week.
The International Standards Olympiad is an annual competition aimed to facilitate an understanding of standards and their importance among students.
Organised by The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) and the Korean Standards Association (KSA), teams from schools, colleges and universities are required to develop a portfolio of standards for a given device and will be assessed on the creativity, functionality and the economic viability of their project.
Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) Integrasi Tun Abdul Razak (InSTAR) represented by Nur Insyirah Zulkafli (16 years old), Nur Amalina Diyana Azman (16 years old) and Farhah Batrisyia Abdul Rahim (16 years old), who won the Grand Prize was tasked with developing a standard to test a vacuum cleaner.
The KIET Special Award was awarded to Nur Nadzihah (15 years old) Athirah Rosdi, Nur Amni Safiyah Mohd Yusof (15 years old) and Nurul Ashikin Nasirah Nawi (15 years old) from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Terengganu worked on a drone.
The Malaysian teams had to take apart the vacuum and drone and analyse its components, including the coding of the circuit board. From that, they developed a standard on how to test the quality of the device.
“It was quite a challenge for us as this is our first time in preparing a standard for a complex device but overall, we managed to give our very best,” said Nurul Insyirah Zulkafli.
The team’s return was welcomed by by Dato’ Lokman Hakim Ali, Secretary General of Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on behalf of the Minister, YB Datuk Darell Leiking together with Datuk Fadilah Baharin, Director General of Standards Malaysia and Azhar Taib, Deputy CEO of MARii.
This is the first time that Malaysia, represented by a line-up of Form 3 and Form 5 girls, won both the Grand Prix Award and KEIT Special Award, besting 48 other teams from universities and schools around the globe.
KEIT Special Award is given by the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) to the team that showcases the best portfolio, oral presentation and teamwork.
In preparation for the competition, MARii organised and conducted intensive training sessions for the teams in Cyberjaya.
The sessions were carried out by MARii’s team of subject-matter-experts to give the students in-depth understanding and methodology of robotics programming, development and testing.
“The sessions gave us a good understanding of robotics applications which gave us the competitive edge to win,” Nurul Ashikin Nasiran Nawi added.
MARii is currently developing a platform to encourage interest in robotics and IoT among children as young as 9 years old to support in preparing today’s youth for future workforce.
Congratulations to both teams for making Malaysia proud!