Singapore

From robots to runway fashion

TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC

Mr Thaddius Ho, 18, a second-year student from the Diploma in Game Design & Development course, was supposed to just man the IT Hacklab booth at Temasek Polytechnic's open house last Thursday.

But he got bored and built a robot from Lego pieces.

It was so good it became one of the exhibits.

YOUNG CREATORS: Mr Edmund Yeo with his robocar (above), sign-language robot TPinokio and its creators, and Miss Cherie Chan with the outfit she designed. YOUNG CREATORS: Mr Edmund Yeo with his robocar, sign-language robot TPinokio and its creators, and Miss Cherie Chan with the outfit she designed (above).

Mr Ho said: "I was feeling bored so I thought, why not just create a simple robot on the spot?"

His robot, which can move along a programmed route,is made from a Lego Mindstorms set, which he modified.

The robot, which took about 15 minutes to create, was a hit and attracted visitors to their booth.

Another student, Mr Edmund Yeo, 20, took two days to make the robocars that were also on display.

"I made them during a workshop and I never expected them to be showcased for open house," said the a second-year student from the Diploma of Information Technology.

"It's great that visitors can learn and see how our creations work."

Those who know sign language will also be pleased to see TPinokio, a robot created by three final-year students from the Diploma in Mechatronics.

The robot, which can do simple sign language, such as saying "hi", was inspired by the Ironman movie.

Mr Wilbert Soetanto, 20, a third-year student from the Diploma in Mechatronics, said: "We thought it would be cool to create a big, magnificent robot that looks like Ironman.

"But we also wanted the deaf and mute to be pleasantly surprised when they see our robot."

There was also a fashion show to showcase the clothes designed by students from the Diploma in Apparel Merchandising and Design (AMD).

Said Miss Cherie Chan, 20, a third-year student from AMD: "It was a surprise when I found out the outfit I made (with another student) was chosen to be showcased.

"It's wonderful as it instils a sense of pride in us for ourselves and our school."