Robotics in PSKPP Sarawak 2013

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The mighty robot of A06 which, well... didn't impress much.

Among the education staff in Malaysia, Pesta Sukan Dan Kebudayaan Perkhidmatan Pelajaran (PSKPP) is not something foreign, but for those not in the service, it’s a definitely something new.

The mighty robot of A06 which, well... didn't impress much.
The mighty robot of A06 which, well… didn’t impress much.

The whole concept of PSKPP is about bonding, and what more better a way to create a bond than to go for a competition, although results may not be as important as many think.

Last week, I have the privileged to go for my third PSKPP, representing Kuching, a division I work in.

For the past two years, I joined under a board game known as Scrabble, but this year was different as the organizers of this year’s PSKPP decided that they wouldn’t fare well in the game, and hence the decision to drop it.

Team Bintulu fared extremely well in Robotics. They scored first place.
Team Bintulu fared extremely well in Robotics. They scored first place.

Fortunately for me, I was asked to be the trainer for another game called ‘Robotics’, which was introduced by the host for the very first time this year in the festival history.

To be frank, I wasn’t pleased to be nominated as the trainer for the sport, but then again, it proved to be a blessing in disguise as I just had to go to Bintulu to represent my division (since the words ‘Robotics’ scared everyone away).

Third place team with manager and spare driver.
Third place team with manager and spare driver.

My team which consist of two individuals (one had to drop out after she was not given leave to attend), managed to grab third spot thanks to some very last minute training, and the help of Azli a trainer from Sasbadi.

Awards aside, the most important part of the competition was achieved, with us making new friends among our education staff, and making next year’s PSKPP something to look forward too.

However, I’d love to take part in Scrabble again next year because the game is more fun than robotics in so many ways, and the people which are very keen in playing the game make the whole game even more interesting.

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