27 October 2014
In what is dubbed as “The Ultimate Clash”, thirty-five returning schools are set to battle in the fourth and possibly, final, Tagisang Robotics: Design, Build and Play Competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).
Former Best Team awardees Grace Christian College, Benigno Aquino High School, and Pitogo High School will mix it out with the other 32 equally-seasoned teams in a much improved and more challenging robotics plum which will happen on 29-30 October 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
At stake are the Best Team Award with a P100,000 cash prize with the coach winning a separate P30,000 prize, medals and a trophy; Best Alliance Award with a P150,000 cash prize, P30,000 for the coaches, medals and trophies for schools, and other special awards such as Best Engineering Award, Most Popular Robot and Most Popular Team Awards, and Best Blog Award.
The annual varsity type robotics competition, which started in 2011, seeks to promote robotics to the youth to entice them to pursue studies and careers in science and engineering. Through the years, it has managed to encourage participants to take up science courses in the college level.
“For us, it is already a success. When we actually see that our former participants start their own path in science and technology, we are already very happy as we know we have put a mark in their hearts,” SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo said.
Biyo said that this year is the final showcase of the competition, as SEI pushes to take up the notch higher as it introduces a new competition, the 1st Philippine Can Satellite Competition.
“Nevertheless, this year’s competition will be the most challenging as we added new twists and surprises in the game especially in the playing field,” Biyo added. “We have made a lot of impact and it is rightful to close this program with a bang.”
The game began with a Game Kick-off held in August where common Kits-of-Parts were given to all participating public schools free of charge, and at a cost to all participating private schools. The school teams built their robots for a period of three (3) months, with technical trainings provided until they are ready for the varsity games.
It is a mixture of Filipino-loved sports, basketball and football, using robots where alliances—composed of three teams—try to score milon and pakwan balls to their opponent’s goal with the help of human shooters, drivers and commanders in an alliance composed of three (3) school teams.
“We hope that as we close this innovative game, we will have that sustained impact to our participants in hopes of molding them as our future robotics experts,” disclosed Biyo. (30)