Newcomer pulls hat-trick, tops 3rd PH robotics contest

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[/caption] As the Best Rookie Team, the school won P100,000 cash prize, P10,000 for their coach, medals for all students, and a trophy for their school. They also secured another P100,000 cash prize, P30,000 for their coach, along with a trophy and medals for being the Best Team. Meanwhile, the coalition of Benigno Aquino High School (last year?s Best Team Awardee), Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School, and Rizal National Science High School won the final round with a perfect 2-0 record, allowing them to be named as Best Alliance. They brought home P150, 000 cash prize, P30,000 for their coaches, medals for students and trophies for their schools. [caption id="attachment_14997" align="aligncenter" width="598" caption="The coalition of Benigno Aquino High School, Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School, and Rizal National Science High School was named as the Best Alliance"][/caption] For the special awards, Grace Christian College won the Best Engineering Design Award given by the National Instruments Philippines; La Salle Greenhills won both the Most Popular Robot Award and Most Popular Team Award given by Felta Multimedia, and Alexan Commercial, respectively; and Pasig City Science High School grabbed the Best Blog Award courtesy of Think Lab. The robotics competition, organized by the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) together with the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center (NFSDC), is an annual varsity type contest that seeks to promote robotics to the youth and eventually entice them to pursue studies and careers in science and engineering. [caption id="attachment_14995" align="aligncenter" width="596" caption="Controllers take aim at the goal as shooter await their turn to score in one of the 39 matches during the elimination round "][/caption] The robotics tiff begins with a game kick-off where common kits-of-parts are given to all participating public schools free of charge, and at a cost to all participating private schools. The school teams build their robots for a period of three months, with technical trainings provided until they are ready for the varsity games. The game, which is a mixture of basketball and football using robots, features alliances ? composed of three teams ? which try to score buko, milon, and pakwan balls to their opponent?s goal with the help of human shooters, drivers and commanders in an alliance composed of three school teams. ]]>

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