Can robotics competitions for kids like the APYRC help to get your tots interested in science and technology?
From the heroic Optimus Prime to the down-to-earth R2D2 and Wall-E, there is something about robots that fascinates us all. But besides marvelling at the sight of them in movies and toy stores, could we actually use robots to get our little ones interested in science and technology?
Thanks to events and competitions like the APYRC, an increasing number of kids and youth are taking an interest in robotics as they battle for the top spot with their very own metal creations!
The APYRC Winter Game is here!
The APYRC robotics competition for kids is organised by In3Labs, a company that specialises in innovative teaching and learning solutions to engage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The APYRC was officially launched last year by In3Labs Pte Ltd, a local company that specialises in innovative teaching and learning solutions to engage students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
According to Mr Yama Min, founder of In3Labs, young people are a creative, innovative and energetic lot who have the potential to shape the way things are done in the world. With technology being the key factor to drive growth in the future, it is important to get the young ones interested in STEM.
“We want to nurture creativity and innovation in science and technology for children by pushing their limits, with hopes that they will make a difference in our society in the future.”
In3Labs provides specialised robotics workshop for kids aged 5 to 17. With the announcement from MOE to include more technology oriented classes, there will be more exciting robotics workshops that will be rolled out for the general public and schools in Singapore.
Click on page 2 to find out more about the APYRC robotics competition for kids!
The APYRC robotics competition agenda
Find out what to expect during the APYRC robotics competition this November!
APYRC is held twice a year, with the APYRC Summer Game in June and the Winter Game in November. This year’s APYRC Winter Game will be held on 19 November 2013, from 8.30am to 5.30pm at the MDIS campus.
Each team of 2 can sign up for any of the 6 robotics challenges. These include round-robin and knockout matches such as SUMO, Tug of War, Line Tracing, Flying Fox, Team Fortress and Transporter. Each participant will receive a goodie bag, while winners will go home with medals and trophies.
New add-ons this year
Thanks to the encouraging response of the competition last year, the competition will be open to the public for kids aged 9 to 17 – in addition to all primary and secondary school students in Singapore. “As not all schools in Singapore have a Robotics Club, we have made this competition open to the public this year to create more awareness of robotics among children, and to give them a chance to take part in a robotics competition,” said Mr Yama Min.
Look out for the new Creative Challenge segment at the APYRC robotics competition – where kids will get the opportunity to design and built their very own robots!
Also new to the APYRC robotics competition this year is the Creative Challenge segment. This activity requires the participants to build a robot based on a theme – which will only be revealed during competition day. With just 2 hours to build their metal creations, this challenge will put the participants’ robotics knowledge and skills to the test.
Register your kids now!
Mums and dads, do you think your little ones have what it takes to ace the robotics challenges and come up with the most awesome robot? Here’s your chance to sign them up for APYRC robotics competition and the supporting workshops!
APYRC Competition Workshop
Be sure to attend this workshop to prep up your little ones for the APYRC competition!
Date: 16 and 17 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Safra Toa Payoh
Fees: $300 per team (Do note that this fee does not include robotic set. Kindly contact In3Labs for purchase of robotic set)
Click here to submit your registration!
Date: 19 November 2013
Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Venue: MDIS Campus, 501 Stirling Road
Simply download the registration form from apyrc.com/register and email your registration to [email protected] by 14 November 2013. Be sure to quote ‘theAsianparent’ to enjoy a special discount on your registration fees!
If you’re keen to learn how robotics can help to build up your child’s interest in science and technology, be sure to attend this demo workshop to find out more!
Date: 23 November 2013
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
Venue: SAFRA Toa Payoh
Fees: $10 per person
Limited seats are available for this workshop, exclusively for theAsianparent readers! Click here to register.
Sign up for robotics courses for your kids during this workshop to enjoy other attractive perks!
Venue supported by Safra Toa Payoh
SAFRA Toa Payoh offers a wide range of enrichment programmes for kids and adults, specifically NSmen and their families. The club provides a conducive environment for SAFRA members to develop their interest and talents through fun learning! Visit SAFRA website to find out more.
So, will you be registering your little ones for the APYRC robotics competition for kids? Do you think this will develop their passion and interest in science and technology? Do share with us by commenting below!