Robotic competitions are effective tools for getting students interested in science and technology. However, because of the high equipment costs and substantial training involved, Myanmar students often to do not get exposure to such programmes.
Myanmar Robotians Competition aims to address this problem by creating an opportunity for young engineers interested in robotics. The goals of the competition are to excite students (as well as the general public) who are not familiar with robotics, encourage students to pursuer further education in robotics and allied disciplines, and provide students with real-world skills and experience that they can use in various aspects of their educational and professional lives.
The 2019 edition of the Myanmar Robotians Competition was organised by the Federation of Myanmar Engineering Societies and Hubtive Technology on December 21, 2019. The contest had two events – Senior Competition (for university students) and Junior Competition (for students under the age of 19 years). This year, the Senior Competition saw participation from 8 teams from 8 universities all over Myanmar, while 15 teams participated in the Junior Competition.
MIIT was represented at the contest by 3 teams – one in the Senior Competition (Team MIIT – Aung Myo Tun, Honey Shune Lai Nyo, La Min Ko Ko, May Thu Hnin, Pyae Sone Oo, and Zwe Thet Naing) and two in the Junior Competition (Team Enigma – Nang Moe Sint Thar, Nay Chi, Su Myat Yadanar, and Thant Hnin Thwin / Team MK – Kay Thadar Soe, Thin Nandar Aung, Thwe Thwe Htun, and Thune Waddy Kyaw). Despite participating in the competition for the first time, MIIT put in a stellar performance. Team MIIT won the second prize in the Senior Competition, while Team Enigma won the first prize in the Junior Competition. Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners!
MIIT is barely 4 years old. As such, the performance of these students is worthy of praise and commendation. We hope that the success of these teams will inculcate a healthy culture at MIIT and inspire other students to take up robotics not only as a hobby but as a viable profession as well!