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The First High School Robotics Training and In-House Competition

By: Ms. Yna Roxas, Junior High School Coordinator for Student Affairs

HS Students Robotics Training Participants and Somobot In-House Robotics Competition Contestants HS Students Robotics Training Participants and Somobot In-House Robotics Competition Contestants

 

 

FEU Diliman Junior High School Department aims to develop all students in academics, extra-curricular activities and technological advancement. In line with this desire the Junior High School Department pioneered the integration of Robotics in the extra-curricular activity of the students.

For this school year, the Junior High School Department ventured on the Robotics Industry through the first ever FEU Diliman Robotics Camp that introduced students to Robotics and produced additional funds for the first ever Robotics Organizations of FEU Diliman that was able to purchased 3 Robotics Kits that are now being utelized by the High School Students. The Robotics Camp allowed the students, from FEU Diliman High School Department, to experience creating Robots of their own with the supervision of the professional Robotics Trainers. They were trained and exposed to the processes of creating and designing robots and the programs for the machines.

Teachers Training

The first training was assigned to all the teachers whose subjects are in-line with Robotics. Representatives from different subjects areas like Math, Science, Computer were invited to join the training in order to make sure that Robotics will be integrated to the different academic subjects of the students.

The Teachers’ Training for Robotics was held last January 25, 2016. In FEU Diliman AVR. There were two representatives from the Science Department: Ms. Eliza Lopez: Coordinator for Science Department and Mr. JC Macuja: Grade 10 Science Teacher, there was one representative from the Math Department, Mr. Andrew Tud: Coordinator for Math Department, the moderator of the Robotics team who happens to be the High School Computer teacher was also invited and the Coordinator for Student Activates also attended the training.

It was a whole day training that included the following topics and activities:

  • Introduction of Robotics
  • Use of Robots in Different Fields
  • Integration of Robotics to Different Subjects
  • Familiarization with Robokit Parts
  • Introduction to Robotic Programming
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Presentation of Created Robots

After the Teachers’ Training the Students Training and In-house Competition immediately followed.

The first ever Robotics Training for Students was held last February 15-16, 2016. It was a 2-Day Training that included the following topics and activities:

Day 1

  • Introduction of Robotics
  • Use of Robots in Different Fields
  • Integration of Robotics to Different Subjects
  • Familiarization with Robokit Parts
  • Introduction to Robotic Programming
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Presentation of Created Robots (based on the Step-by-Step Procedure)
  • Disassembling of Robots
  • Creating of new Robots (based on personal preference)
  • Programming Practice
  • Presentation of new robots

 

Day 2

  • Review of Program (preparation for in-house competition)
  • Assembling of Robots (based on personal strategy and design)
  • Trial Period inside Robotic Arena
  • In-house Mini Competition

 

Students’ Robotics Training from Grades 7 - 10

Students’ Robotics Training from Grades 7 – 10

There were 28 students who participated in the training. 12 students paid the Robotics Training Camp while 1 students were invited to make participate for free. There was a complete mixture of students during the Robotics Training. Amongst the 28 students there were 2 Student Athletes (Basketball Players), 3 Korean Students, 5 Honor Students, and 8 Regular Students.
Since the High School Department purchased 3 sets of Robotic Kits, the service provider lend the students 10 more kits to make sure that all participants will have hands-on experience in creating their own robots. They were grouped into 9 groups with 3 members per team. All participants were trained and exposed to the Field of Robotics. They have built their own robots from scratch and used their personal ideas for the design of their machines. They were able to explore the programming application of the Robots and came up with their own version of programs based on how they want their robots to perform.

Somobot 2

The 1st Somobot Robotics In-House Competition

 

On the second day of training they were tasked to rebuild their robots for a “Sumo-Bot” Competition. They were given simple instructions on how to make a Sumo-Bot and were told to create their own designs while considering the rules of the game. They reviewed their programs and practiced inside the Robotics Arena.

After all the preparations they started the mini-competition in the College Lobby. All teams followed the competition format prepared by the trainers and the Coordinator of Student Activities. While the competition is on going, all high school students took turns in watching the competitions between the different teams. This is to ensure that all students will be encouraged to participate in the next batch of Robotics Training. This can help the department identify students who are skilled in the field of Robotics.

 

Exhibition from Robotics Service Provider Robot’s Name: Nau

Exhibition from Robotics Service Provider
Robot’s Name: Nao

 

During the competition it was very evident that students who are watching as audience became more interested in the Robotics Organization, it also helped that the service provider presented their human-like Robot named NAO. The human-like robot presented different abilities like story telling, dancing, walking and seating. The students were told that it is not impossible for them to create a robot like NAO, and that all they need is training and a creative imagination.

After the competition participants were given certificates of participation and awards were given to the winners of the competition. Special awards like: Best Robot Builders, Best Programmer and Best Robot Design were also given to chosen participants. Before the end of the Robotics event, the trainers agreed to give more free training sessions to the Robotics Organization of FEU Diliman within the remaining days of SY 2015-2016 as per the request the Moderator and the Coordinator of Student Activities. The next sessions of training will aim to introduce the use of “Remote Controls” to the Robotics Organization participants. With the exposure and training of students to Robotics Remote Controls they will be able to expand the array of robots that they can create and it will also introduce more types of Robotics Competition, which they can join in the future.

 FUTURE PLANS:

  • Planfor the last Robotics Training for SY 2015-2016
  • Introduce Summer Robotics Camp
  • Introduce Robotics to Grade School Students and non-Diliman FEU students
  • Host Inter-School Robotics Competition
  • Establish a Compet-Team (Completion Team) for “TamaRotics”, the official Robotics Organization of FEU Diliman.
  • Provide advance training for the COmpet-Team for preparations for Inter-School Competitions and International Competitions
  • Integration of Robotics to different subject areas like Math, Science, TLE and Values Education.
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