THREE Robotics teams composed of students from public schools in Makati City (Metro Manila) have claimed the top spots in the recently concluded 13th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held at SM North Annex in Quezon City.
The students will be representing the country at the 11th World Robotics Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, this November.
Dr. Dominico Idanan, Makati superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd), said the team fielded by West Rembo Elementary School was declared champion in the regular category, elementary level, while Pitogo High School team placed second in the same category, secondary level.
In the robot soccer category, the team from Benigno Aquino High School won second place.
Idanan said the West Rembo champion team is composed of Grade Six students Danielle Orsua and James Paul Legaspi, and John Paul Hernandez, Grade Five, all under the supervision of Coach Richard Abines.
From Pitogo, sophomore Dave Emmanuel Nuada is teamed up with Joevy Bargo Jr. and Daniel Figueroa, both fourth year high school students, with the supervision of Coaches Florante Ferrer and Roy Cabebe.
Members of the Robotics team of Benigno Aquino High School that placed second in the robot soccer category are Francis Uriel Angat, Noah Christopher Tan and Mark Aljon Reales, all Grade Eight students, with Coach Edwin Haniel Engana.
The three Robotics teams showed their advanced programming skills in the national Olympiad, besting other schools from different school divisions, both private and public.
The World Robotics Olympiad is a global robotics competition for the youth. It was first held in Singapore in 2004, and now has over 40 participating countries.
The Olympiad aims to maximize the students’ potentials and opportunities in science, technology and education by developing their problem-solving skills, creativity and education level in various subjects including science and mathematics.
The competition has three categories, regular, open and soccer. In the regular category, teams are asked to assemble robots that can solve a specific challenge.
In the open category, teams are made to present designs for robots on a given theme.
The soccer category was introduced at the 2010 Manila Competition based on the RoboCup Junior Australia format, which was also used in the original RoboCup Junior. Competing teams are allowed to create soccer-playing robots with special infrared sensor.
In 2005, Makati Science High School bagged the Best Presentation in the science fiction category for its “World of Imagine” entry, an inter-galactic city powered by batteries that make robots move at the 3rd World Robotics Olympiad held in Bangkok, Thailand.