Thai team heads to robot final
A team of Thai students has won the Programming Skills Round of the 2nd Kibo Robot Programming Challenge, qualifying for the final round in September, says the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).
Team "Indentation Error" from Assumption College Thonburi came first in the competition held at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and joined by students from eight other countries: Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.
In the competition, broadcast online, the contestants were asked to write a computer program using Java to operate Astrobee, a free-flying robot system to perform assigned tasks.
Chularat Tanprasert, executive vice-president of NSTDA, said Indentation Error scored 89.8 points, followed by GeminiPYTW from Taiwan (80 points) and Enigma Systems from Bangladesh (76.65 points).
She said the team received the highest score among 176 contestant teams in Thailand and was the national winner of the programming skills round.
In that competition, the contestants were to write a computer program to operate Astrobee to repair a space station damaged by a meteorite, according to Ms Chularat.
Indentation Error comprises three students -- team leader and Matthayom 5 student, Tarit Setthapan Lao-aree, a Matthayom 3 student, and Koraprapop Sitthirit, also a Matthayom 3 student.
"I think we won because we tested and tested as much as we could and tried our best to improve it," said Mr Tarit.