Schoolchildren constructed a robot in 3 hours. Alinur Turdykul, winner of INFOMATRIX – ASIA, an international computer project competition, described how he built the robot.
On 6-8 June, Suleyman Demirel University held an International Competition “INFOMATRIX – ASIA”. 365 inventors from our country and other countries participated in this competition. Contestants presented projects in 6 main categories: Robotics, Computer Programming, Computer Art, Hardware Control Systems, Short Movie and Mathematics Project.
Yerasyl Kayipov, the first place team member in Robotics Computer, a 10th grader at Bilim-Innovation School in Shymkent. According to him, such competitions help share experiences with other students in IT.
“We heard about this competition a month ago. It only took us a few weeks to build a robotic machine on a basic Arduino USB platform and prepare for competition. This victory was a result of our team’s hard work. We were given 5 hours to complete the task, but we built the robot in 3 hours. Our robot takes objects from each corner of the rectangular arena and puts them in the yellow circle in the middle. We control it with an app on our phone via a Bluetooth module, we can tilt it to a certain degree. We are very happy to take first place in this competition. Such contests help us meet and exchange experiences with young inventors from other countries who are interested in programming,” he explained.
Winning team members Alinur Turdykul and Yerasyl Tugelbay are happy that their achievements at such international competitions will help them apply for university grants after graduation.
According to Ismail Gesan, IT specialist and event organiser, every year the level of participants in the competition is increasing and the number of students wishing to join is also growing.
“INFOMATRIX-ASIA is held for the 8th time this year. Traditionally, the competition is held at Suleyman Demirel University. The difference of this competition from others is that there are 6 categories. It is very important to test the IT skills of children in different areas. Over 400 projects were registered for the competition. Commission members selected 165 projects. A total of 365 students participated in the contest. Their work was assessed by experts working for such global companies as Google and Facebook. The level of participants this year is quite high. Children’s interest in IT is growing and we have noticed that their level is improving year by year. I hope that in the future these students will become good IT professionals,” said the Education and Innovation International Foundation’s Head of IT.
The competition is organised by Bilim-Innovation with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.