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Intel Young Makers Challenge

15 January 2016

Towards the very end of 2015, Pun Siripun, a young pupil from Year 6 at AP1, took his place among a select group of students in the Intel Galileo - Young Makers Challenge 2015.

This was a Vietnam wide competition initiated by Intel to find the most creative minds in Vietnam in the area of programming and coding. The interesting part of this scenario was that Pun was at least 8 years younger than the next youngest challenger! All other competitors were at university level or above.

Intel, the global computer hardware designer, had challenged these pupils to take one of their motherboards and design, create and then demonstrate a technology to showcase the power of Intel. During the first stage of this challenge, Pun decided to create a drone which was hopefully going to be used to measure atmospheric conditions high up in the cloud layer which would be used to predict weather patterns, among other functions. Surprising himself, he negotiated the first round of the competition by successfully demonstrating his drone creation and wowing the judges. He was presented with 4th place after this first round of approximately 40 teams and individuals. This led to him being chosen as one of the Southern Vietnam entrants in the final of 20 teams. Pun had entered as the only sole competitor with all other entrants being teams.

Having tested his original hypothesis, Pun decided that this design had some limitations in its current form, so he decided to change his focus for the final and created a drone which would hypothetically be used in a natural disaster situation. He included on his drone: heat, light and ultra-sonic sensors which could be used in the location of victims in rubble. He also included a robotic arm which could be used to remove debris and help a stranded victim. The drone is intended to be multi-terrain in that it can be easily adapted to operate on water, land and of course in the air.

In an extremely talented field, Pun excelled and was incredibly awarded with first place and was crowned the Young Makers Challenge 2015 champion. The news of his efforts was recorded in local newspapers and on local television. An incredible feat, made even more so when considering his very young age in relation to the other competitors. It is not often as a primary school that we can celebrate such success on such a grand scale. We at BIS would like to congratulate Pun and his family on this incredible feat. We hope that this is just the start of what will be a fantastic career in robotics for Pun.

Mr Chris McKelvie / Year 6I Class teacher and Milepost 3 Leader

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