Singapore Polytechnic supports ‘Smart Nation’ initiative through RoboCup Singapore Open 2015
More primary and secondary school students to experience joy of robotics through the Robotics & Maker Academy
Singapore, 28 March 2015 – RoboCup Singapore Open 2015 ended today on a high note, with 600 participants comprising of 470 students from 133 local teams and 22 international teams from China, Malaysia, South Korean and Indonesia. Participants and their robots took part in seven different categories ranging from dance, rescue and soccer (results in Annex 1). The event is the Singapore leg of RoboCup World Championship 2015, the world’s most prestigious robotic event taking place in Hefei, China this July.
RoboCup Singapore Open 2015 is jointly organised by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Science Centre Singapore (SCS) supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) under the National Infocomm Competition (NIC) framework. Already in its sixth year, the national-level event has been the strongest educational platform for youths to enhance their skills in robotics, coding, and STEM. It allows students to exercise and combine their creativity with scientific knowledge, to innovate technological advancements in robotics that will have an impact on the quality of life - goals aligned with Singapore’s ‘Smart Nation’ initiative.
A new Robotics & Maker Academy (RMA) Challenge was also introduced in RoboCup Singapore Open 2015. The challenge is open to schools whose students have no prior knowledge and experience in coding and robotics. RMA was launched in July 2014 by SP and IDA with the aim of furthering students’ interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
In the RMA Challenge, participants had to code and develop a robot to travel in a virtual city using a robot simulator developed by RMA. The simulator taps on the proprietary CoSpace platform developed by SP and allows the easy scaling of coding challenges to suit the learning needs of students. CoSpace empowers users to recreate an exact real-life scenario in a virtual world while writing relevant codes to move their virtual robot accordingly. These codes can then be downloaded into the physical robot, which will carry out the exact commands in real-life.
The innovative and interactive CoSpace platform developed by SP has been adopted by the RoboCup Federation as an official competition platform since 2013. In the RoboCup Singapore Open in 2013, it saw 19 teams participating but this has risen to more than 100 teams this year, a testament to its ease of use and rising interest in robotics and coding among primary and secondary school students.
“RoboCup has played a vital role in SP’s journey towards building a broad and deep based engineering education with a global perspective. By combining the CoSpace concept with an educational purpose, we are allowing more students to be exposed to robotics and coding, empowering them to further express their passion for robotics, coding and STEM education,” said Dr Zhou Changjiu, Director, SP’s Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Control Centre.
Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA, said, “We want to get more young people excited about building and experimenting with tech through fun and interesting things like robotics. Together with industry partners and schools, we will develop our young Singaporeans with the coding skillsets so as to enable them to become creators of tech and build Singapore as a Smart Nation.”
Science Centre Singapore has always been providing learning opportunities in STEM to inspire our young ones to pursue courses and careers that can address future challenges. RoboCup has been one such learning platform where our youths can apply their knowledge and skills and experiment to innovate new technologies, and we are glad to see more and more youths coming on board for this challenge year on year,” said Mr Clarence Sirisena, Deputy Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.
The RoboCup Singapore Open 2015 serves as the national selection platform for teams who will keep Singapore’s flag flying high at RoboCup World Championship 2015. This year, one of the winning teams will be sponsored by IDA to compete against 3,000 participants from over 40 countries in Hefei, China, from 24 July to 30 July.
Nanyang Primary School students concentrating on their robots during the soccer category at RoboCup Singapore 2015
Two 'Pandas' and their robots during the robot dance segment at RoboCup Singapore 2015
Student representatives from Raffles Institution holding the trophy for best overall achievement, with SP Principal and CEO, Mr Tan Choon Shian (first from right)
For high-resolution versions of the above photos as well as more selected photos from the event, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1usdpmazutwbumg/AACrT-uV_MBpQZQmlzJUh8Qqa?dl=0
After three days of intense competition, the following winning teams of their respective league (categories) will stand a chance to represent Singapore at the RoboCup World Championships 2015 to be held in China this July:
RoboCup Junior Soccer Lightweight League:
Primary School Category – Team Eta from Nanyang Primary School
Secondary School Category – Team bRImstone from Raffles Institution
RoboCup Junior Soccer Open League:
Team Raffles from Raffles Institution
RoboCup Junior Dance League:
Primary School Category – Team CCKPS Dance from Chua Chu Kang Primary School
Secondary School Category – Team RGS Dracotato from Raffles Girls’ School
RoboCup Junior Rescue League:
Primary School Category – Team CCKPS Rescue 1 from Chua Chu Kang Primary School
Secondary School Category – Team Watermelon Elephant from Swiss Cottage Secondary School
RoboCup Junior CoSpace Rescue League:
Primary School Category – Team Zeta from Nanyang Primary School
Secondary School Category – Team Mitochondria from Nanyang Girls’ High School
RoboCup Junior CoSpace Dance League:
Team RGS Kitchen Terrors from Raffles Girls’ School
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