Indonesian Robotic Olympiad 2011 is the 8th (eighth) event of a national robotics competition. This competition is an event for Elementary, Junior and High School students to show their creativity in solving the challenges given. IRO was first organized by MIKROBOT in Medan in 2004. This year, Indonesian Robotic Olympiad 2011 is held as a series of the 16th HAKTEKNAS celebration. There are about 305 participants from several cities in Indonesia (Medan, Lampung, Surabaya, Jakarta, Solo, Bali, Surabaya, Bogor, Bandung, etc) on the event of HAKTEKNAS the 16th (Resurgence Day of National Technology).
The implementation of this event cannot be separated from the support either from private agencies or government such as the Ministry of Research and Technology, Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Bank OCBC NISP is one of private agencies that fully support in the Mighty Savers program as the main sponsor and the other is ABC Alkaline agency.
The opening ceremony of IRO was held on August 20, 2011 at SMESCO Building, Convention Hall Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto Kav. 94 South Jakarta. The event was opened by the Chairman of the Committee, Bambang Rusli, who describes the history of IRO activities, while the Executive Chairman of KNIU, Prof. Dr. Arief Rachman, M. Pd motivated the competitors and encouraged such activities can be made as a part of the education curriculum as the IRO activities are very interesting, positive and innovative. The opening was officially marked by the launching of an airplane robot into the upper of Convention Hall by the Deputy of Ministry of Research and Technology.
The winner of IRO 2011 competition will be sent as an Indonesia representative on the World Robotic Olympiad in the upcoming year.
“LET’S SAVE THE WORLD FROM ELECTRONIC WASTE”
Concerned about the electronic waste that are rapidly increasing up to 50 million tons per year, L’Oreal Indonesia together with the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO – Ministry of National Education organized a L’Oreal Girl Science Camp at Rumah Jambuluwuk, Bogor on 24-25 May 2011. L’Oreal Girl Science Camp has been an annual event since 2005 which aims to encourage young woman in high school level to love science by the consep “Science is Fun”.
The theme of L’Oreal Girl Science Camp 2011 is “Let’s Save The World From Electronic Waste”. This theme represented the concern of the level of electronic appliances consumed by the world that is really high and keep increasing. There are 15 best teams participated in this camping event. Each team consists of 3 members, and they are given the oppurtinity to present their scientific work in front of the juries who are women researchers. Those 15 teams also had a chance to discuss with the winners of L’Oreal for Women in Science Scholarship, an annual awards programme for outstanding young women researcher around the world.
The workshop is packed with many activities that lead to team-building activities between the participants including a science game called “Multi Color Science for Life” that reviews science theories through color game. These young Indonesian female researcher candidates are encourage to understand science better and like it more through fun and exciting ways.
SMAN 1 Citereup come as the 1st winner with their scientific work “Charging Handphone by Basic Energy Source from Used Jengkol Transistor. For information, Jengkol is traditional vegetable from Indonesia found in many rural area but not commonly consumed now by the modern society because it produced a unique acid called “Jengkolat acid” during digestive process and create a strong odor that can affect breathe smell. The 2nd winner, SMAN 1 Rangkasbitung brought a scientific work called “Multifunction Laptop Coolpad from CPU waste”. and 3rd winner is SMAN 1 Sumedang by their scientific work called Electric Board Eraser. All these winners get scholarship and science book packages from L’Oreal to enriched their school library’s colection.