GEORGE TOWN: If you think Lego is a mere toy, think again. With planning and knowledge, you can make motorised robots out of them.
A group of students did Penang proud by being the first Malaysian team to bag the bronze medal in an international Lego robots challenge coming in behind the United States (gold) and China (silver).
Dubbed the Robot Games in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League World Festival, Penang team Nemesis-X Assassins beat 108 teams from 56 countries at the event in Houston, Texas, the United States, from April 19 to 21.
They created a host of robots that completed 18 hydro dynamics missions to transport, use and dispose of water within two-and-a-half minutes.
The team was invited to Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang’s office yesterday to show how the robots worked.
Yew presented the 10 team members, aged 11 to 17, with certificates of commendation and hailed them as the future of Malaysia’s entry into Industry 4.0.
Head coach Ng Lee Chuang, 42, said her team planned their robot designs for nine months.
Robotics handler Tam Li Yen, 17, said the team began to gather feedback from family members and the public after getting the layout map of the challenge last October.
“Thanks to their feedback and discussions with our coach, we were able to achieve these results.
“This is indeed an extremely proud and glorious moment for us as it is hard to finish among the top three in the world,” she said.
Tam plans to further her studies in computer science and programming engineering in the future.