Connect with us

Thai Life

Building a future in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Three young boys from a government school in Phuket Town will fly to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to compete in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2011 in November.

Pakin “Paper” Boonlom, Tipok “Nueng” Kinkobsin, and Boonyarit “Tel” Pulsen – all 11 years old – won their age category in a national competition in Bangkok last month.

The ingenious youngsters built a robot that actually picks up and disposes of trash. Their autobot, as per competition rules, was made from Lego bricks and other components (click here to see PGTV footage).

However, the trio were not the only students from Muang Phuket Municipal School to pick up a prize in the national contest, held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

Three 15-year-old fellow students in Mathayom 3 – Rachi Hansamut, Siriwat Khu-a-run, and Tapi Sritirat – won third place in their age category by building a robot that mixed all the ingredients necessary to make tord mun pla (Thai fish cakes). The machine even cooked them in a deep-fat fryer.

The accolades won in the contest are the proud results of a program run by Sophon Prateep Na Talang, who heads the “Lego course” at the school.

“We started sending teams to robot-building competitions about eight years ago. Our school has done well. This is the third year we have had the opportunity to compete in robot competitions abroad,” he said.

“Last year, we went to the Philippines, but we didn’t win any awards. Two years ago, we sent a team to South Korea and won the honorable mention award,” he added.

Lego classes are compulsory for students in Prathom 3 to 5 (ages 9 to 11), but optional for older students at the school.

“It seems to be working very well as the kids quite like the classes. All students learn the basics of building Lego robots, such as how to construct the robots themselves and how to write the computer program to make the robots perform.

“The basic Lego building element helps to develop their creative thinking and the students must combine this with technology. Any students who show talent or deep interest in the program are given our full support in learning more,” Mr Sophon explained.

“This does not affect their normal classes as we set the Lego class as part of the curriculum, and I have a few teachers to help me with some parts of the course, such as developing the artistic elements of the projects and teaching the students how to present their projects to competition judges,” he said.

The teaching formula seems to be working, especially for young Pakin, Tipok and Tel, who took two months to build their cleaning robot.

“My father was the first to buy me Lego bricks and I have been building Lego toys for two years now. I like it. I can spend about four hours a day playing with Lego when I have the time,” said Pakin.

Teammate Boonyarit was the same. “I have been playing with Lego for two years and I spend two hours a day making things with Lego. We also spend time practicing with our Lego robots for going to Abu Dhabi,” he said, excited.

Young Tipok was also looking forward to going overseas. “This is the first time I have come first in a robot competition. I’m very happy to go to the competition in Abu Dhabi. Even though there will be many teams there, I think we have a 50-50 chance of winning,” he said.

The trio’s obvious enthusiasm has shows through, said their teacher, Mr Sopon.

“I only gave them some hints on how to improve their robot, but the rest they figured out for themselves,” he said.

Yet, a great challenge lies before them.

Mr Sophon said that about 50 teams will be competing in the WRO from November 18 to 20.

“All of them will also be winners of national competitions in their home countries”, he said.

The honor of winning in that competition will be glory only. The WRO offers no cash prizes. Only trophies, medals and certificates will be bestowed on the winners.

As such, the budget to send Pakin, Boonyarit and Tipok to the UAE to compete has yet to be confirmed.

“The budget will probably come from Phuket City Municipality and the children’s families,” said Mr Sophon.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of45 mins ago

Thailand’s 5 most absolutely luxurious hotels

Myanmar56 mins ago

Myanmar envoy updated to Brunei’s 2nd Foreign Affairs Minister

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand’s national parks ban the use of some sunscreens containing particular chemicals

Sponsored4 hours ago

Tour Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 20,200 new cases, provincial totals

Guides2 hours ago

Visa Exemption Rule – 56 countries to enter Thailand without a visa

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Third phase testing successful for Vietnam Covid-19 vaccine

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Phuket3 hours ago

Phuket police arrest 2 men and seize more than 160,000 methamphetamine pills

Thailand5 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | Hemp Ice cream, Thai English proficiency, Covid stats

Best of5 hours ago

5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Koh Samui

Coronavirus Vaccines6 hours ago

Health Ministry to distribute 10 million vaccine doses across Thailand this month

Protests6 hours ago

31 anti-government activists granted conditional release

Best of7 hours ago

Top 5 suit tailors in Bangkok

Protests7 hours ago

Ban on mass gatherings published in Royal Gazette ahead of anti-government protests this weekend

Thailand7 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: Record high of 20,200 new cases and 188 deaths

Coronavirus Vaccines7 hours ago

Health Ministry calls for a halt to criticism of doctors not involved in vaccine decisions

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending