FEU Diliman Junior High School Department’s Tamabotics Organization took home the silver award in their very first Robotics Competition held in MOA SMX last August 18-20, 2016.
The Manufacturing Innovations Skills and Power Robotics Competition has two categories. The first category is the Autonomous Upgraded Line Tracing Competition where the students had to create autonomous robots with sensors that can climb, stop, and grab objects without the use of remote controls. The second category is the Manufacturing Skills of Remote Control Robots Competition where the participants had to create robots that can perform manufacturing skills like grabbing, delivering, lifting, pushing and parking through the control of a driver.
The Junior High School Department’s Tamabotics Organization sent two teams in the competition: The Tamabotics Team composed of Paolo Yabes (Gr. 10 – Notable), Paolo Jacinto (Gr. 10 – Noteworthy), Francisco Escala (Gr. 10 – Noble), and reserved player Angelo Cubacub (Gr. 10 – Noteworthy) with their coach, Mr. Andrew Tud, Mathematics Coordinator, and the Tamarangers Team composed of: Antonio Nepomuceno III (Gr. 10 – Noteworthy), Clyde Padilla (Gr. 10 – Nurturing), Klarenz Banaag (Gr. 8 – Excellence), and reserved player Hiroshi Ikeda (Gr. 10 – Notable) with their coach, Mr. Ryan Tayco, Computer Teacher. Ms. Yna Rozas-Aliento, Coordinator for Student Activities, was also present during the said competition as the Overall Coordinator.
During the first day of competition the Tamabotics earned a perfect score of 100 while the Tamarangers earned 90 points in the Upgraded Line Tracing Competition, but, it is in the second day of the competition that the battle ground became a great challenge for all the participants making them come up with different strategies on how to maneuver and program their robots. The FEU Diliman teams came up with creative robot designs that are evidently unique from the others. After the Manufacturing Skills Competition, the Tamabotics earned 65 points giving them 165 total points, which leads them to 5th place, while the Tamarangers bagged a score of 200 points giving them a total of 290 points, making them win the Silver Award. Mr. Nepomuceno, the Tamarangers driver, used an extra-ordinary flipping skills of robots that surprised all audience, the organizers and the even their co-participants.
Although the Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna won Gold with a total of 300 points, the Tamaranger Team was able to win over teams from schools like, Philippine Science High School, Makati Science High School, Don Bosco Makati, First Asian Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) School, Joy in Learning School, International Computer Technology College, and Grace Chinese School. As a young team, FEU Diliman Junior High School Tamabotics Organization Members continue to be positive that this is a great kick off to their journey to the field of Robotics Building and Competitions.