The Philippine Robotics Team, with their astounding robotic creations, won two coveted awards in the recent For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League World Championship held in Houston, Texas, USA from April 15-21, 2019.
According to a statement from the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education institution (DOST-SEI), the national delegation is comprised of two teams, both winners of the 8th FIRST Lego Leagues (FLL) Philippines.
The FIRST World Championship tasked 109 teams from 74 countries to explore solving the physical and social problems associated with long-duration space flight.
The DYCI Blue Ocean's 10 from Dr. Yanga's College Inc. (12 to 17 years old) created 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 winning piece, entitled "Project Fuse", became the Champion's Award Finalist, all thanks to its team members, namely 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, Head Coach Beryl Jhan Cruz, and Assistant Coach Lemuel Francisco.
Team CYLLO meanwhile is from De La Salle Zobel, with students ranging from 6 to 12 years old, tasked to learn about the Earth's moon and what is needed to live there.
Team CYLLO created a robot that can sustain the life of cynabacteria, which aims to solve the problem of supplying enough food and oxygen outer space.
This team, composed of Zoie Francesca Aldave, Chito Salunga Roxas, Jr., Franc Andre Dimatatac, Eduardo Matteo Valdez, Emmanuel Jace Savellano, Robert Philip Lim, with Head Coach Heinz Elorde and Assistant Coach Genevieve Pillar, competed with over 43 other countries and won the Explore and Discover Award.
According to according to FELTA Multi-Media Inc. President and CEO Mylene Abiva, who accompanied the team and is the National Organizer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad, “The Philippines holds the Champion Award center stage in International Robotics and will continue to excel and showcase the brilliance of the Filipino Youth.”
DOST-SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, thanked the students, saying, "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."
The Philippine Robotics National Team is set to compete again at the FLL European Open Championship in Izmir, Turkey on May 20-27, 2019. — LA, GMA News