Multimedia University (MMU) successfully organised the MMU-VEX Robotics Competition 2021 (MVRC) virtually on 13th September 2021. Jointly hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET), Robotics Club MMU Melaka, the Student Enrolment Office (SRO), and Innovation First International (Hong Kong) Ltd, with the aim to cultivate and expose our youth to science and engineering creativity through robotics practice and applications. A total of 141 teams from 55 secondary schools and polytechnics from all over Malaysia participated in the competition.

With each team comprising of 2-3 student competitors and one teacher advisor, each team is required to develop a programme to solve the Wall Maze using VEXCode VR before the competition day. VEXCode VR is a web-based platform that allows the user to code a virtual robot using a block-based coding environment. During the competition, the virtual robot must complete the maze within one minute. Before reaching the end zone, the virtual robot can go to different checkpoints in the maze and put the marks to collect score points. There are three categories for the competition: Category A for Form 1 to Form 3 students, Category B for Form 4 to Form 6 students, and Category C for Pre-U students. The maze has eight checkpoints with different score points, and the teams with the highest scores win the competition.

In July 2021, MMU Robotics Club has provided VEX Code VR Workshop to the participants, and 5 online quizzes were given after the workshop. For each category, four Merit Awards were awarded to the teams that achieved outstanding performance during the quizzes. Apart from that, Excellence Awards were also given to the teams that were creative and exemplified overall excellence in building a high-quality programme. For this award, the participants were required to submit a report, a presentation video, and to develop a programme that optimises the trash collection at the coral reef, with limited battery consumption. The submitted entries were evaluated by FET alumni namely Mr. Lee Guan Da, Mr. Lim Zheng You, Mr. Cavin Tong, Mr. Toa Chean Khim, Ms. Soh Char Lee, Mr. Alvin Chong Ming Song, Mr. Chan Si Min, Mr. Chong Jor Shen, Mr. Fu Suan Yen, Mr. Tan Chi Jie and, Mr. Viknesh Kumar.

All the winners were announced by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su’ud, the President of MMU; Mr. Zambri Pawanchik, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Admission and Recruitment (SMART) and Prof. Dr. Wong Eng Kiong, Vice President of Student Experience and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) during the Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony of MVRC 2021 on 15th September 2021. The event was live-streamed on MMU Malaysia’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. As a result, Team A-61 and Team B-59 from SMK Sultan Ismail, Johor emerged as the champion teams for Category A and Category B, respectively. Last but not least, the champion for Category C went to Team C-8 from Politeknik Seberang Perai. Please click here to view the detailed list of the winners.

Congratulations to all the winners of MVRC 2021.