Medan Students Win At World Robotic Olympiad

The 2009 World Robot Olympiad took place at POSTECH (Pohang University of Science & Technology), one of the most respected research universities in Korea, on last November 6th-8th. This was the 6th Olympiad and the first to take place in Korea, after it was held in Yokohama, Japan last year.

This event brought together 250 teams (more than 1000 participants) from 32 countries, including Indonesia. This year, the Indonesia team was represented by the team from our town Medan. The team was from PRIMEONE School, a private school in Medan.

And this year, the students from Prime One School Medan show their ability by winning several categories.
* Ivy Icasia and Patricia Dissy Andrea both Secondary 3 students in Team Creator won 2nd place in the Junior Category.
* Billy Hocker Wistan and Fenando both Secondaru 3 students in Team Alpha Rex won 3rd place in Junior Category.
* Kelvin Onggadinata and Margaretha Hutabarat both Primary 6 students in Team Innocent won 5th place in the Elementary Category.

In the Regular Category, teams are broken up into Elementary, Junior High, and High School divisions and are only allowed to use LEGO Mindstorms kits. The Elementary students will compete in the Iron Robot Triathlon, where a robot works its way through a maze and shoots a ping pong ball into a goal. Junior High school students compete in Robot Match, where robots must collect ping pong balls and bring them back to base camp. High School students compete in Robot Pocketball, where robots pass over an obstacle and push colored balls into same-color pockets. All of the teams have only 2 minutes to complete the mission objective and only one shot at it.

Besides the main competitions and events, 16 Korean robots including POSTECH’s own PHOPE and Genibo (Dasarobot’s robo dog) and approximately 60 companies in total will be exhibiting their robots.

This year’s Open Category theme is “Art and Robots” with the tag line “Dreaming of Robot, Desire of Human” – contestants must build a robot that best represents the theme.

Congratulations to PrimeOne School students.

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