Leyte, Cebu schools win Robotics Cup

August 21, 2009 - The team from the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas campus in Palo, Leyte emerged the champion in the open category of the 2nd Cebu Robotics Cup held on Aug. 18 at SM City Cebu.

Judy Navarette, project officer from the office of Cebu City Mayor, said the team received a P10,000 cash from the Cebu City government, a Lego trophy from Felta Multi-Media Inc. and a medal.

Navarette said the students from Leyte, who joined the contest for the first time, produced robots with many talents, besting the other contestants from Cebu City National Science High School teams A and B and Science and Technology Education Center teams A and B.

The team garnered 92 points for their entry called the “Fallout Bots.”

In the regular category of the competition, the team from Science and Technology Education Center (STEC) in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu harvested most of the awards by placing first runner-up and second runner-up, while the Cebu City National Science High School finished third runner-up.

STEC received the first prize of Lego trophy, P10,000 cash and a medal and a second prize of P7,000 cash.

The CCNSHS team got P5,000.

The STEC team garnered the highest number of points for their robots that collected the highest number of balls.

Ariel Jay Catarina, a fourth year high school student who belonged to CCNSHS team (open), said in the regular category, computer-programmed robots will be tasked to collect small balls and gather it in a place assigned to every team and the robot that collected the highest number of balls will be declared the winner.

Catarina said team members in the open category can program robots into performing any tasks.

Other contenders in the regular category were the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas, Tagbilaran City Science High School, Talisay City Science High School, and Guinacot National High School from Guindulman, Bohol.

Cebu City Education Consultant Joy Young also graced the activity.

He said the competition was aimed to enhance the skills of the students in robotic technology.

He said the contestants in both categories, composed of third year and fourth year students, were chosen by their respective schools.

The Robotics competition involved the production of robots made from Lego blocks. At least three members of every team will help assemble the robot and another will make a program to run it.

The second Cebu Robotics Cup was organized by the Cebu City government, together with Department of Education Cebu City Division, Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute, Felta Multi-Media Inc. and SM City Cebu. (Inquirer)

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