14 January, 2019
Meet Our New Robot - rero:micro!

PRESS RELEASE - 14th January 2019

Cyberjaya, Malaysia - Cytron Technologies, a Penang-based company that designs and manufactures educational robotic kits, launched its latest product (rero:micro robot) today, and officially kickstarted its outreach campaign to bring robotics and coding to the masses. This outreach campaign is a joint effort between Cytron and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in support of #mydigitalmaker movement which aims to transform Malaysian youth from digital users to producers in the digital economy.

According to Cheryl Ng, head of rero EDUteam at Cytron, this is the third year they are running this outreach campaign with support from the Ministry of Education. In 2017, the team visited over 100 schools nationwide and conducted introductory coding workshop for over 10,000 students. Last year, they conducted training for over 500 teachers and further provided the teachers with modules and resources that they can readily use to teach their students. This year, they hope to reach out and impact even more schools.

Besides equipping and empowering teachers and student leaders, Cytron also organises robotics and coding competitions to provide a platform for school students to gain hands-on experience and showcase their talents. This year, with the introduction of rero:micro robot, rero EDUteam aims to recruit more international teams to compete at their annual robotics and coding championship (RAC’19) which will be held at Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 1st to 3rd November 2019.

rero:micro is a child-friendly robot kit that is especially designed to encourage young children to learn coding in a fun and easy manner. It comes with a game track and a 10-lesson booklet with step-by-step guide, fun facts and coding challenges. “It was a delight to explore. It is fun, easy to learn and is full of exciting activities,” remarked Waris Candra, Head of Asia Pacific at Microbit Educational Foundation, in his review of rero:micro.

During the launching ceremony, Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s vice president of Talent and Entrepreneurship received 10 rero:micro robots on behalf of the #mydigitalmaker movement from Tan Eng Tong, CEO of Cytron Technologies. The robots will be placed at the community Digital Maker Hub in Cyberjaya for teachers and students to utilize. 

Schools that are interested to join the training workshop and competition can visit www.rero.io/info_2019 for more information or email to [email protected].