Filipino kids dominate robotics tilt in Taiwan
By Mediatrix P. Cristobal
MANILA, Nov. 29 (PNA) – A team composed of Filipino students defended its title at the 2007 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Taiwan with its entry featuring a community with robot-operated security measures including a building which can protect itself from air terrorist attacks.
The entry dubbed “Operation Security Guaranteed” was built within a WHIZ Community where a Gatekeeper is responsible for analyzing the personal information of every robot by swiping a key card.
The team came from Grace Christian High School and is composed by Bryan Lao, Alyssa Sheena Tan and Mark Ian Tan. Under the guidance of coach Edster Sy, they won at the Open Category (Secondary Level), all winners of the 6th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held last September at the Alabang Town Center.
Their project has Spybot 101 which monitors the city’s vicinity, Firebot 103 which is the best firefighter of the “Bantay Sunog” Fire Department and Policebot which is a humanoid security guard that assists the Gatekeeper in taking care of unwanted guests in the community where Goodbot 107, a citizen of the WHIZ community, lives.
The entry also features a PRT elevator or Philippine Robo Transit which guarantees fast, convenient and safe travel; a TREN, which is a fast train system; and a hydraulic building named TAIPEI 101, the tallest building in the world, which can raise itself in the advent of an air terrorist attack similar to 9/11.
The Philippine team has won twice in a row in the annual competition participated in by over 800 students or 170 teams representing 18 countries. Participant countries include Denmark, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, State of Qatar, Sweden, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates. All teams used the LEGO Educational sets as materials for their robots.
Last year, the Philippines bagged its first gold medal in the WRO with FAITH’s entry of “Rossum’s Universal Restaurant, El Batangueno Coffeeshop” which featured a mini-diner with robot customers, a waiter, receptionist, security guard and a “Robo Band” consisting of robot musicians.
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