Filipino students score major wins at virtual World Robot Olympiad Canada

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Young Filipino inventors took home global recognition for the Philippines. DYCI gold and silver-winning teams, top and middle; bronze winner Candijay MHS, bottom. Photos from DYCI and Candijay Municipal High School.

Filipino students scored major medals at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Canada 2020-X tournament held virtually this year.

The Philippine Robotics National Team won gold, silver, and bronze medals in the global WRO event which drew participation from more than 720 students from over 40 countries with several activities and challenges hosted online by Canada due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

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The theme of the 2020 edition of the annual WRO held from November 12 to 15 focused on the topic of Climate Change and allowed young scientists around the world to create robotic solutions in order to overcome climate challenges.

Here are the winning teams from the Philippines:

1st place GOLD
Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc. DYCI NOVUS Team
OPEN Category for Senior High School
PROJECT FEET, a 3-part project: Plastic Recycling, Power Generation and Provision of Footwear

The all-girl team won the top prize for the PROJECT FEET robot which “manufactures footwear from plastic trash and imbed with piezo discs that generate power for mobile phones and other gadgets”.

1. Naiah Nicole Mendoza
2. Denise Carpio
3. Abigail Silva
Coach: Beryl Cruz

2nd place SILVER
Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc. DYCI Primes Team
OPEN Category for Junior High School

The Filipino students’ invention converts “trash paper mixed with water lilies to make recycled paper” and aimed to generate power for mobile phones and other gadgets.

1. Annette Nicole Ambi
2. Aaron James Amar
3. Daniella Angela De Guzman
Coach: Anne Jazpher Raz

3rd place BRONZE
Candijay Municipal High School under the Department of Education, Division of Bohol
OPEN Category for Junior High School. Bohol Action to Solidify Agrikultura (BASAK)

BASAK is composed of wind turbines, water pump and biomass generators with many applications for the agriculture industry in Bohol.

1. Mary Haidee Makinano
2. Trisha Belle Olaivar
3. Juno Ceasar Escatron
Coach: Thata Celeres

The World Robot Olympiad provides aspiring young scientists the opportunity to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills in a fun global platform every year. The online event WRO Canada 2020-X was an alternative to the International Final and was held via live streams of several competitions.

Mylene Abiva of FELTA Multi-Media Inc. and National Organizer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad and World Robot Olympiad Ambassador (representing 72 countries) said, “The biggest challenge was to synchronize everything as the countries were from different time zones. WRO Canada 2020-X set pre-scheduled calls and connected the participants resulting in the same excitement and success as a physical event. The Philippine Robotics National Team has overcome adversity of slow internet access, remote meetings, school closure, series of typhoons and o line presentations to the WRO Canada judges”.

The robotics team of Dr. Yanga Colleges Inc. (DYCI) earlier copped gold medals for the Philippines at the World Robot Olympiad in Hungary, the WRO Friendship Invitational (WROFIT) 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark, as well as the FIRST LEGO League Open international tournament held in Turkey.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the young Filipino inventors of the Philippines who won major medals at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Canada 2020-X tournament!

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