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This is based on a press release from the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute.
MANILA, Philippines – Young Filipino students reaped prizes at the recent For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League World Championship in Houston, Texas in the US.
The Philippine Robotics National Team earned two coveted awards in the competition.
The Philippine delegation is comprised of two teams: DYCI Blue Ocean’s 10 from Dr Yanga’s College Incorporated (12-17 age bracket), and Team CYLLO from De La Salle Zobel (6-12).
DYCI Blue Ocean’s 10 emerged as Champion’s Award Finalist for its work, “Project Fuse,” besting 109 teams from 74 countries.
Their winning piece is a virtual reality game that connects astronauts in space to their families on earth through live virtual reality video chat with physical interaction through a robot. This year’s challenge, INTO ORBIT, tasked students to explore how to solve the physical and social problems associated with long-duration space flight.
The team members are:
- Jocas Arabella Cruz
- Abigail Silva
- Denise Carpio
- Naiah Nicole Mendoza
- Raingel Vryse Mendoza, Rodel Christian Alcantara
- Ma Anne Geline Doneth Dela Rama
- Paul Jaren Perez
- Lara Monique Narciso
The team’s head coach is Beryl Jhan Cruz, while the assistant coach is Lemuel Francisco.
Team CYLLO won the Explore and Discover Award with its project that aims to solve the problem of supplying enough food and oxygen for astronauts on the moon. The team created a robot that can sustain the life of the oxygen-producing cyanobacteria.
The challenge for the Junior League, MISSION MOON, was to learn about the Earth’s moon and what is needed to live there.
Team CYLLO, which bested teams from 43 countries is composed of:
- Zoie Francesca Aldave
- Chito Salunga Roxas, Jr
- Franc Andre Dimatatac
- Eduardo Matteo Valdez
- Emmanuel Jace Savellano
- Robert Philip Lim
Their head coach is Heinz Elorde while the assistant coach is Genevieve Pillar.
Dubbed as “the world’s largest celebration of STEM for students,” the FIRST Championship brings together tens of thousands of students from around the world who participate in the K to 12 Robotics program. This year, around 34,000 teams participated and only 109 teams reached the World Championships.
“The Philippines holds the Champion Award center stage in International Robotics and will continue to excel and showcase the brilliance of the Filipino Youth,” according to FELTA Multi-Media Inc President and CEO Mylene Abiva, who accompanied the team.
Abiva is the National Organizer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad/FLL Philippines and the first and only World Robot Olympiad Ambassador.
Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr Josette Biyo, lauded the team’s triumph in the international stage.
“We thank our young robotics champions and the people behind their team for bringing honor to the country and inspiring others to get into robotics. This victory further motivates us at DOST-SEI to continue supporting our emerging robotics experts,” Biyo said.
The Philippine Robotics National Team is set to compete again at the FLL European Open Championship in Izmir, Turkey, on May 20-27, 2019. – Rappler.com