Berry Event No.1 – National Robotics Competition (NRC) 2010 – Zone H : Johor State Level

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[This is the inaugural post of the new Berry Berry Easy category called Berry Event. Posts from this category is dedicated to the student-related events which team members from Berry Berry Easy participated or were invited to cover the event. Yeah, you heard us right! You may invite us to cover your student-related event if you want to raise the profile of your event. All in all, post from this category would be mainly to highlight the activities of students under the Malaysian education system, so that students who were unaware of the events may take part in the future, while parents who were worried about what their children is up to will be able to see the event first hand.]

In this very first Berry Event, the Berry Berry Teacher would like to bring attention to all Berry Readers and parents about the National Robotics Competition (NRC) 2010 for the Johor Zone (State-level) competition. For those who are unfamiliar with this nationwide robotics competition for all school going children in Malaysia, the 2010 event is the 6th edition of the NRC and second for the Berry Berry Teacher (and her students in SMK Dato Jaafar).

The gladiators from SMK Dato Jaafar Contingent for NRC 2010 (Back row (L-R): Toh Ian Kim, Darwin, Lukman, Kelvin, (slightly front) Aaron, Founder Jin Heng, Founder Wai Loon, and Founder Zebedee. Front row (L-R): Aniq, Fikri, Ian, Clarence, Tahir, Yee, Wen Wen and Berry Berry Teacher SDJ Mentor Isabelle Wong.

Figure 1: The gladiators from SMK Dato Jaafar Contingent for NRC 2010 (Back row (L-R): Toh Ian Kim, Darwin, Luqman, Kelvin, (slightly front) Aaron, Founder Jin Heng, Founder Wai Loon, and Founder Zebedee. Front row (L-R): Aniq, Fikri, Ian, Clerence, Tahir, Yee, Wen Wen and Berry Berry Teacher SDJ Mentor Isabelle Wong.

Berry Event #1 – National Robotics Competition 2010 – Zone H (Johor State Level)

  • Event: National Robotics Competition 2010 Zone H (Johor State)
  • Date: 26th June 2010 (Primary School), 27th June 2010 (Secondary School)
  • Venue: Persada Johor International Convention Centre , Johor Bahru
  • Event Covered by: Miss Isabelle Wong – The Berry Berry Teacher – SDJ Robotics Mentor
  • Dedicated to: The founding batch of the SDJ Robotics Club and this year’s competing robotics team from SDJ

Unlike in 2009, this year’s NRC competition for Johor district/local level competition were scrapped and teams were fast-tracked into the state-level copetition. So competition for this year were stiffer than in the previous year and teams only had one chance to show their mettle against their friendly opponents.

1) Treasure Hunt – Regular Category for Lower Secondary

This category was a keenly contested category with 69 teams from all over the state of Johor competing for the sole slot to advance to the national finals. The great SMK Bandar Putra (with strong history) teams once again dominated the field with a 1-2 finish in the category (their other teams finished 12th and 13th, which are very commendable too). The winning team B49 of SMK Bandar Putra blazed the trail with a perfect 100 score and a time of 24.94 seconds. A total of 5 teams scored perfect 100 score, and they are:

  1. SMK Bandar Putra (Kulai) – 100 points – 24.94 seconds
  2. SMK Bandar Putra (Kulai) – 100 points – 30.07 seconds
  3. SMK Dato Menteri (Batu Pahat) – 100 points – 30.38 seconds
  4. SMK Dato Jaafar (Johor Bahru) – 100 points – 32.06 seconds (Yup, this is my school team)
  5. SM Sains Kota Tinggi (Kota Tinggi) – 100 points – 45.44 seconds

Congrats to the medalists in this category. All of you thoroughly deserve your victories as it must have been tough training for the competition. It is also heartbreaking on a personal note for myself and my students who missed out on a bronze by 1.2 seconds. Nonetheless, great effort to be no.4 in Johor and highest scorer of Johor Bahru. However, it must be said that everybody is a winner, as we all learnt some new stuffs and struck out new friendships.

Other statistics (at the moment you can find the analysed data only from Berry Berry Easy):

  • The average score (mean) for all teams are 31.449 points. So all teams that scored above 30 points can be said to have done very well.
  • The most common score (mode) for teams in this category is 0 points. A total of 25 teams (~36% of all teams) did not register any score. This showed the difficulty of this category.
  • The median score for teams in this category is 20 points. So any teams who scored more than 20 points can declare themselves to have won more than half of the teams on the field.

2) Vertical Limit – Regular Category for Upper Secondary

Teams in this category were even more evenly matched with more than 10% of all the 56 teams scoring perfect 100 scores. However, the percentage is misleading as 4 of the 6 teams who scored perfect 100 scores were from the dominating SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat. It is no wonder that they also got 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th place for the category. The only team to break the stranglehold is SMK Taman Daya 2 and SMK Teknik Johor Bahru with a 3rd and 6th place, respectively. The perfect score teams are:

  1. SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat (Batu Pahat) – 100 points – 11.53 seconds
  2. SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat (Batu Pahat) – 100 points – 11.81 seconds
  3. SMK Taman Daya 2 (Johor Bahru) – 100 points – 11.97 seconds
  4. SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat (Batu Pahat)100 points – 12.38 seconds
  5. SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat (Batu Pahat) – 100 points – 15.12 seconds
  6. SMk Teknik Johor Bahru (Johor Bahru) – 100 points – 28.47 seconds

Congrats to the SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat for dominating this category. A special congratulation also to SMK Taman Daya 2 for garnering the best team in Johor Bahru district. On a personal note, I’m pleased that my school team from SMK Dato Jaafar did a commendable job of scoring 60 marks with a 16th placing.

Other statistics (at the moment you can find the analysed data only from Berry Berry Easy):

  • The average score (mean) for all teams are 44.82 points. So all teams that scored above 40 points can be said to have done very well.
  • The most common score (mode) for teams in this category is 60 points. A total of 25 teams (~44.6% of all teams) scored 60 points, which is equivalent of the successful climbing of the first tower. This showed the difficulty of this category lies in transferring the robot from Tower A to Tower B.
  • The median score for teams in this category is 60 points. So any teams who scored more than 60 points can declare themselves to have won more than half of the teams on the field.

3) Open Category for Lower Secondary

Scores in this category were not published publicly. However, it must be said that all teams performed well in this category. Countless of photos has been published on Facebook and other photo sharing sites which showed the excellence achieved by the lower secondary school students. (At the moment, do not have the list of the winners yet)

The open category team from SMK Dato Jaafar with their creation of Wan the Robotic Dragon. The spirit of 1Malaysia is displayed when Malaysian irrespective of race come together to promote Dragon dance to the rest of the world.

Figure 2: The open category team from SMK Dato Jaafar with their creation of Wan the Robotic Dragon. The spirit of 1Malaysia is displayed when Malaysian irrespective of race come together to promote Dragon dance to the rest of the world.

I’m delighted with the performance of the Form 1 students from my school, SMK Dato Jaafar who battled against the elder boys from the other schools valiantly. Although a bronze is all we can show, but this should be something that we can build upon in the future, in order to launch an assault on the gold medal.

The open category team from SMK Dato Jaafar with their bronze medal in the Lower Secondary Open Category in the NRC 2010 Johor State level.

Figure 3: The open category team from SMK Dato Jaafar with their bronze medal in the Lower Secondary Open Category in the NRC 2010 Johor State level.

Awards given to the SMK Dato Jaafar team:

  • Bronze medal in Johor State level
  • Best Spirit Award in Johor State level – to the entire school team
  • Best Mentor in Johor State level – to the guiding mentor

The spoils of victory from the NRC 2010 Johor State level competition. Good job done from all the competitors of the SMK Dato Jaafar Robotics Club.

Figure 4: The spoils of victory from the NRC 2010 Johor State level competition. Good job done from all the competitors of the SMK Dato Jaafar Robotics Club.

I must say that I’m very happy to have won the best mentor award for my category in my second year in charge of the SDJ Robotics Club and first venture into the open category. I would like to say that all the mentor for all teams are equal winners in my eye. All our sacrifice are worth it in the end when we see the product of our student’s ability.

Figure 3: Berry Berry Teacher collecting her NRC 2010 Best Mentor (Johor State Level) award.

Figure 5: Berry Berry Teacher collecting her NRC 2010 Best Mentor (Johor State Level) award.

I’m also happy with the undying spirit shown by my student, not only in the open category, but all from Form 1 to Form 5 who have embodied the Jaafarian spirit. So we are humbled to have won the Best Spirit award. In all honesty, we would like to share this award with all teams especially those who travelled from the other district just for this competition. They should too be given best spirit award.

Finally, a hearty congratualtions to the winners in this category, best innovation and best presentation. (Will update this when I get the full list) Hope to see you all again in next years competition. Hopefully, our Johor state winner will do us proud and win the national and world championship.

Other categories that were not covered in this report include:

  • Open category for upper secondary
  • Primary school competition

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