National Junior Robotics Competition 2014 crowned outstanding techno-preneurs

2014.09.15
Mr Neo Kian Hong with Primary Division Championship Award winner, YTPS Team 5

Mr Neo Kian Hong with Primary Division Championship Award winner, YTPS Team 5

The 16th National Junior Robotics Competition ended on a high note on Friday, as talented young techno-preneurs were crowned for outstanding robotics and scientific knowledge, problem-solving, entrepreneurial and creative thinking and team spirit.

The National Junior Robotics Competition (NJRC) is an exciting and unique event organised annually by Science Centre Singapore and Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). This robotics competition is about celebrating the process of learning through interactive, meaningful experiences.

Recent years have seen robotics transforming the way we live and work in Singapore, and it is set to play a bigger role in our lives. As a platform that introduces students as young as 8 years old to robotics, NJRC plays an important role in priming the younger generation for the future.

Mr Neo Kian Hong with Secondary Division Championship Award winner, Lumos

Mr Neo Kian Hong with Secondary Division Championship Award winner, Lumos

Open to mainstream and international schools, as well as overseas teams, NJRC 2014 challenged students to develop robotics solutions to overcome challenges in the quest to conquer the space. Students were also required to source for synergistic support from companies and other corporations.

This year, more than 600 teams were participating across three categories. Three teams that walked away with the Championship Awards were:

– Primary division: YTPS Team 5, Yew Tee Primary School
– Secondary division: Lumos, River Valley High School
– Tertiary division: Brickcells H1N1

“I am very heartened to note that into its 16th year, NJRC continues to attract active participation from schools across the country. With more than 600 teams participating this year, NJRC has certainly come a long way since its modest beginnings in 1999, when it comprised only 167 teams”, said guest-of-honour Mr Neo Kian Hong, Permanent Secretary for Education Development, Ministry of Education.

Mr Neo Kian Hong with Tertiary Division Championship Award winner, Brickcells H1N1

Mr Neo Kian Hong with Tertiary Division Championship Award winner, Brickcells H1N1

“NJRC is the premier robotics competition in Singapore because it is not just project-based but also encourages the students to develop techno-preneurial skills, which requires them to source for synergistic support from companies and other corporations to support the objectives of the competition.

The promotion of such attributes has been given great emphasis by our nation, not surprisingly since it stems from the realisation that the future will belong to those, which can, not only establish knowledge-based and technology-driven industries, but are also able to promote an environment for evolving and nurturing techno-preneurs.

As a small country faced with limitations such as resources, manpower and space, Singapore’s progress is intertwined with our ability to advance modern science. Scientific innovation underlies Singapore’s push to transform from a labour-intensive to a knowledge-based and innovation-based economy, allowing us to remain relevant and competitive on a global stage. [..]

With such young children becoming passionate about robotics, Singapore’s future in robotics remains bright. Just as the Pioneer Generation’s can-do spirit charted new grounds for Singapore, I am hopeful that the brilliance and determination of NJRC participants will pave new paths for our nation as well.”

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