Message From The Minister of Education
It is a great pleasure to see the National Robotics Competition (NRC) being held again for the sixth consecutive year. Last year, the NRC 2009 has again proved to be successful in raising students' interest in Science and Technology and robotics. The event has attracted overwhelming response from schools in the course of its run. It is my hope that this event will continue to receive widespread support again this year so that the Ministry's fervent aim of developing 'all-round' students who will excel in scholastic and non-scholastic areas can be achieved.†††††††
As we gear towards achieving our goal of preparing students who are capable of facing global challenges in the twenty-first century, emphasis must be given to promoting activities that encourage creativity, inspire innovation, develop critical thinking, improve interpersonal communications and enhance collaborative teamwork. The NRC provides an inspirational learning experience for students to discover engineering and technology and encourages teams to do research, generate ideas, build, and experiment.† I believe by participating in the NRC, the students will gain confidence in their abilities to use technology in an innovative way and will be able to develop a positive perception of science and technology.†††††††
I am particularly proud of our robotics teams who have brought glory to our nation when Malaysia was named the overall champion at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2009 held in Pohang, Korea. Our win demonstrates that our students are at least on par with those in developed countries. This will further motivate students to take a keener interest in subjects such as Science and Engineering. This is an important achievement for us as it marks a milestone in our efforts to build a strong foundation in Science and Technology. The Ministry of Education is also considering the possibility of hosting the WRO in the year 2012.†††††††
I would like to urge students and teachers to fully utilize the resources and opportunities granted to them in the NRC. They should strive to acquire knowledge, to excel and master the necessary skills in the field of Mathematics, Science and Technology. This will stand them in good stead as citizens of the future.†††††††
TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN HAJI MOHD YASSIN
To provide a powerful learning platform to enable students to cope with skills those are essential for success in the 21st century.
To develop and strengthen critical and creative thinking and social skills those are essential prerequisites for success in further studies and future careers. These skills include:
Creative thinking skills
Interpersonal communication Skills
Collaborative teamwork skills
- To help students build a solid foundation in mathematics, science, technology, design and ICT through hands-on experience or investigation.
- To train students to work together to solve challenging problems in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
- To enable students to develop logical and systematic thinking as they plan and implement programmes through the programming of robots.
- To enhance studentsí creativity in problem solving and raise their awareness of the many possible ways of arriving at a desired outcome.
- To promote competition in robotics amongst Malaysian school students as a healthy and fulfilling pastime.