FILIPINO student inventors face a challenge in the first robotics competition that will be held on September 14 at the activity center of Commercenter Alabang.
Dubbed the Robocon 2019, the event is open to students from all over the country. RoboRAVE International and RoboRAVE Philippines partnered to stage the competition.
Young Filipino robotics enthusiasts from elementary to senior high school may join the three categories of Robocon 2019, namely entrepreneurial, SumoBot and a-Maze-in.
Their works will be judged based on purpose, function, marketability and strategic thinking.
“Robotics is the game of the future, and we [in Commercenter Alabang] are glad to contribute to honing the future A-players in this field,” Leslie Tagle Dinglasan, assistant vice president for marketing of Commercenter Alabang, said.
The entrepreneurial category will challenge teams composed of three players in marketing a working, innovative robot to an audience not only of students, but of subject-matter experts as well. The robot they construct must cost P150,000 or less to make, and may be autonomous or remote-controlled. The organizers will be the ones to verify platform and design constraints during the event. Winners will be determined from the votes cast by experts and all attendees.
Elementary, junior and senior high school students will compete in the SumoBot challenge under their respective divisions. Each team of two players must design, build and program an autonomous robot that can push one or more opponent “sumo robots” off the elevated wrestling ring. The entry SumoBot must cost P75,000 or less, and its base must not exceed 400 square centimeters; there is no height limit for the robot. The SumoBot that survives all rounds will be declared winner.
The a-Maze-ing category will challenge contestants to bring all robotic tricks out of the bag since they will be required to build the fastest robot that can finish a raised wooden maze without falling off. Challenger teams composed of two players each must design an autonomous robot costing P75,000 or less, and with a total volume not exceeding 65,030 cubic centimeters.
The robots must complete the maze within 120 seconds, with the clock running backwards. Teams can attempt as many as 10 runs to get their best scores. All a-Maze-ing tracks are identical and will have approximate challenge dimensions.
The winning teams will be awarded certificates, trophies and medals. They will also be invited to join the 2019 RoboRAVE International: Philippine Invitationals from October 25 to 27 for free, courtesy of RoboRAVE Philippines.
Go to the RoboRAVE Philippines Facebook page for more details.