Students go on electronic mode to celebrate Youth Day

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  • Thursday, 10 Jun 2010

CURTIN University of Technology Sarawak marked its recent Youth Day celebration with a very “electronic atmosphere”.

Students came up with the idea of having a public demonstration of several mini-robots and electronic gadgets that they have created.

The event drew a large crowd of not only its students but also students from secondary schools throughout Miri and members of the public.

Interesting activities were showcased in the two-day exhibition, the highlight was perhaps the demonstration of ‘robot maze clearing’ by a team of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students.

The students will be entering the international level ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2010 (RoboCon) later this year.

The idea for this exhibition was by a fourth year student and also the organising chairman, Sia Yee Yu, when he noticed the outstanding talent and engineering expertise among fellow students in the ECE department.

“This exhibition provides an ideal platform for both ECE students and academicians to showcase their discipline and projects.

“Furthermore, students and the public were able to see examples of the many interesting projects ECE students have worked on,” said Sia.

He said secondary school students also benefited from the event as they were introduced and exposed to the latest technologies.

Exhibits included an ‘intelligent house’, a model of a modern house with an intelligent system and a ‘’smart robotic car’’ that can navigate a given course on its own.

Visitors were also encouraged to use their mobile phones to remotely control a miniature robotic arm.

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