Rookie PH team places 3rd in US robotics contest

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[/caption] The Filipino delegation, composed of high schools students from Bulacan, bested 76 other teams around the globe with their anti-botcha (anti-double dead meat) robot entry. Determined to follow through their success in February during the First Lego League (FLL) Philippines when they won three of the five major awards, Team DYCI Blue Ocean 10 from the Dr. Yanga?s College Inc. (DYCI) in Bulacan leaned on their Meat?s Anti-Germs and Infection Solution Version 2 (Magis Version 2) invention to top more than 70 teams from other countries, of which 40 are from the US. Magis Version 2 is a robot they created using Lego NXT controllers which can detect contaminated meat. The winning piece, Magis Version 2, is made mainly of stainless steel, aluminum, and acrylic plastic equipped with color and temperature sensors to detect botcha. A meat that records a higher temperature value than expected and has a deviating color is tagged as unsafe for human consumption. The team hopes that the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) can adopt their invention in inspecting double-dead meat. The triumphant Philippine team is composed of team captain Gladys Leigh Malana, Tricia Carmela Santos, Ramikert del Prado, Michelle Arcanar, Kate dela Cruz, Lady Alein Goleng, Jules Martin Agsaoay, Jonathan Alejandro, Dave Adrian Bien, and Tim Jhalmar Fabillon. Dr. Filma Brawner, director of the Science Education Institute (SEI) of the DOST, said she hopes the team?s victory will inspire more young students to develop their skills in robotics and hopefully start a trend in making it big in the FLL in the coming years. Brawner also noted that the win has a big implication to the Philippine robotic scene specifically on SEI?s mandate. ?With this victory, we will continue to support endeavours that will develop a pool of local robotics experts who will soon lead the country in providing solutions to S&T-related problems,? she said. ?The overall vision and mission of FLL is to inspire young people?s interest and participation in science and technology,? added Felta Multi-media President and CEO Mylene Abiva, who accompanied the team and is the National Organizer of FLL Philippines and the Philippine Robotics Olympiad. Beryl Jhan Cruz, one of the coaches of DYCI Blue Ocean 10, took pride in the team despite joining the contest for the first time. ?It?s the country?s first time to join the contest and we placed 3rd in Best Presentation. They did a good job. Not all first-timers win in an international competition,? he said. ]]>

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