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Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) Robotics team, the Roboknights, in its first year of existence, won the ‘Champions Award’ at the Indonesian FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Qualifier held this past weekend, 25th August 2018, at SWA.

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Competing against other Indonesian schools with student teams from grades five through eleven, the Roboknights, the youngest team composed of students from grades five to six (Jayden, Warren, Winston, Ryan, Jackson, and Ayden) took home the most prestigious award in this competition, the Champion’s Award, which recognises the team that excels at all three components of the FIRST Lego League Challenge – ‘Project’, ‘Core Values’ and the ‘Robot Game’. To earn this award, the Roboknights scored in the top 25% of the robot game and had the highest overall ranking in the three other categories – ‘Project’, ‘Core Values’ and ‘Robot Design’. The award also recognises the team that embodies the FIRST Lego League experience by fully embracing Lego’s core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and project portions. This performance qualifies the Roboknights for the World Festival FIRST Lego League Championship in April 2019 at Houston, Texas, USA. There were more than 200,000 kids participating across the 2018 FIRST Lego League Tournaments in more than 90 countries. This award is a testament to the perseverance and determination of the students and their advisors.

Besides FLL Category, the SWA participants competed in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Regular category. The main topic addressed in the WRO was ‘Food Matters’. It is related to the second aim of the UN sustainable development goals: to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. In the regular category, teams were required to assemble their robots and complete programming within an hour, and then take part in competitions.

  • WRO Elementary Category: Ayden won the Robot Performance award
  • WRO Junior High Category (all girls team): Kyra, Kimberley, and Alisa won the Robot Design Award
  • WRO Senior High Category: Nandhu won the Robot Programming Award

The development of STEM skills in a team context through robotics tournaments such as this provides students with an incredible learning and personal development experience.

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CONGRATULATIONS to all SWA students for their excellent projects in these competitions and we look forward to the next round of tournaments.