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Wheatgrass Planting Robot Wins Gold In Rio

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SEPANG – Three young Malaysian girls made the nation proud with their robot called The Green Amazing which could be used to plant wheatgrass, winning a gold medal in the primary school open category at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2017 held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from Nov 10 to 12.

The win by Loh Huey Xin, 11, Mak Yu Ying, 10, and Tan Ji Tao, 11, from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Jalan Davidson, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, won Malaysia first runner-up placing in the competition in which 49 other countries participated.

Two silver medals won by teams from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Chung Hua, Miri, Sarawak which competed in the Lower Secondary Regular Category and the Upper Secondary Regular Category also helped Malaysia win the placing.

The winners arrived back at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today and were welcomed by the Education Ministry’s Director of Curriculum and Arts, Rozainum Ahmad.

According to team-leader Loh, they were surprised when the robot they invent to plant wheatgrass for animal feed was announced the winner.

“We spent about nine months to invent the robot which can be used to produce food without affecting the environment and costs only about RM1,000,” she said, adding that they were helped by their teacher, Jane Ng Ai Vern.

Meanwhile, Rozainum said the success was very meaningful to the country as the participants displayed an extra-ordinary level of skill in their creations.

She added that these successes mirrored the ministry’s commitment for Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education in the effort to create individuals who could compete globally.

For the 13 years that Malaysia had participated in the competition, it had brought home 25 gold medals, 18 silver, 20 bronze, nine special awards and 47 excellent awards. – BERNAMA

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