Welcome to National Robotics Competition (NRC) 2010
Since its inception in 2005, the National Robotics Competition (NRC) has progressed rapidly. The event has now become one of the most important co-curriculum programmes of the Education Ministry. We are pleased that the National Robotics Competition (NRC) will be organized once again this year with the cooperation of National Science Centre (MOSTI), and the main event sponsor, Sasbadi Sdn Bhd.
The twenty-first century is the dawn of a new era and thus brings forth a host of new challenges. Students need to develop and strengthen their critical and creative thinking skills as well as interpersonal communication skills which are essential for twenty-first century living. Thus, the NRC was introduced with a mission to provide our students a powerful learning platform. The NRC’s vision is also in line with one of the goals set out in the National Education Blueprint 2006 – 2010 which is developing quality human capital.
The main objective of the NRC is to help students build a strong foundation in Mathematics, Science, Technology, Design and ICT. While the NRC aims to enhance creativity in problem-solving and promote innovation, it also fosters teamwork and collaboration among students. In view of this, the Education Ministry would like to encourage the schools to participate in the NRC.
About 3200 teams participated in the 2009 NRC. 26 primary schools and 52 secondary school teams competed in the NRC finals. The champion of each category competed in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2009 in Pohang, Korea alongside more than 250 teams from 32 countries. I hope that participation for NRC 2010 will be as good, if not better, as the NRC 2009.
On the international front, there has been a significant improvement in performance at the WRO since our first time participation in the series in 2005. At the WRO 2009, the Malaysian contingent bagged two Gold Medals, 2 Special Awards and 1 Excellence Award. With that, Malaysia has added another feather in its cap by emerging as the overall champion at the WRO 2009. More notably, Malaysian teams have won the Gold Medal for the Senior Secondary Open Category for the third time in a row!
We also hope that this year’s competition will showcase fresh talent from new teams. It is our greatest wish that the NRC will receive continued support and success in the years ahead.