PH holds first-ever virtual robotics challenge

  • The Philippines’ first virtual robotics challenge was held through teleconferencing last April 30
  • It was aired through livestream and was witness by Filipinos in the country and overseas
  • Virtual certificates and trophies were awarded to the winners and participants

The first-ever virtual robotics in the Philippines was successfully held amid the quarantine.

Image by DepEd Philippines via Facebook

Through teleconferencing the country’s first-ever virtual robotics challenge was made possible with more than 1,500 viewers from parts of the country and overseas, a report said.

“First Philippine Virtual Robotics Challenge! Philippines is the first country member of the World Robot Olympiad to introduce Virtual Robotics and conduct virtual tutorials then successful host a virtual robotics competition during COVID-19 lockdown! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” Mylene Abiva, the lead organizer of the event, said on Facebook.

It was bared that Owen Justin Gocheco, a student from the Quezon City Christian Academy, topped the competition that was held virtually last April 30.

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), learners enjoyed a healthy competition at home and applied their problem solving, creative critical thinking, computer programming, and engineering skills during the 1st Philippine Virtual Robotics Challenge.

Image by DepEd Philippines via Facebook

The national competition dubbed “Climate Squad” challenged the learners to program their virtual robots to bring emergency supplies to a village hit by a severe typhoon with no electricity, and navigate through the virtual playing field.

“Missions accomplished by the virtual robot were given specific points. Participants were given training on virtual robotics before the competition,” DepEd said.

“The Philippines is the first member country of the World Robot Olympiad to successfully host a Virtual Robotics competition during global school closures due to COVID-19 . And we know that Virtual Robotics will continue to be part of the New Evolution Technology in schools even after home-stay quarantine,” Abiva said.

Each participant was then given a virtual certificate of participation and winners were awarded with virtual trophies. They will receive the physical certificates and trophies during the 19th Philippine Robotics Olympiad Awarding Ceremonies scheduled in October, DepEd said.