Republic Polytechnic (RP) Renesas Grand Prix Competition 2019
The RP Renesas Grand Prix Competition 2019 is an event organised by Republic Polytechnic, supported by Renesas Electronics (Singapore) Pte Ltd for secondary school and tertiary institution to develop their passion for electronics. The competition was held on 10-13 September at Republic Polytechnic. Despite being their first attempt and inexperience, our students demonstrated resilience, strong analytical skills and teamwork over 4 days andclinched second placing in this competition!
In this competition, students were required to programme a microcontroller racing car to race on an
F1-style racing track with many sharp turns, twisty sections and ramps. To complete the race course in the fastest time possible, the car has to decelerate to negotiate the bends and turns and accelerate quickly thereafter.
To prepare for the competition, our students attended a 3-day training workshop at Republic Polytechnic to tune their cars and learn C-programming. They also spent several afternoons to test and fine-tune their racing cars at the track. Throughout the entire process, our students demonstrated critical and inventive thinking. They also showed great resilience and strong teamwork as they weathered repeated failures of unsuccessful test runs and collaborated to devise solutions. All of these indeed exemplify the indomitable North Star spirit expected of all our students!