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Robot Competition Helps Initiate Engineering Education

Robot Competition Helps Initiate Engineering Education

On March 16th, the Fourteenth Industrial Robot Competition was jointly hosted by National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology and the Taiwan Industrial Robot Association at the NKUST Student Activity Center. The competition brought together 210 robot enthusiasts ranging from elementary school all the way up through university.

A total of 74 teams put their skills to the test in a variety of different categories, including automatic forklift, remote controlled forklift (for elementary, junior high, and high school levels), automatic logistics management, remote control logistics management, innovative robotics and robotic skills.

On the day of the competition, the gathering of robots made the venue feel like an interactive robot exposition. The main objective behind the competition is to help strengthen basic industrial robot education while allowing students to get interested in robotics engineering, develop professional know-how and hone their skills in innovation. The participating students had the opportunity to demonstrate their own skills while also observing and learning from others.

Two of the featured events at the competition included the GMT Cup and the Feton Cup. The main objective of the former was to demonstrate methods of connecting smart sensors with smart controls used for manufacturing purposes. While the later called on participants to apply their skills in PLC machine automation, I/O Wiring and other skills related to the system logic developed by Feton Automation Industry.

Industrial robots and AI integration are part of a trend that has only begun, thus in the future, the need for people skilled in automation techniques will undoubtedly see a continuous rise. NPUST is using its strong foundation in technological agriculture to make contributions to forms of technology that branch out into a diversity of fields ranging from mechanical engineering right through to the humanities. Hopes are that through this type of industrial robot competition, engineering education can become more widespread and closer to life, and that students will be encouraged to get involved early on.

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