Because they were representing not only Taguig City but also the entire country, the students gave their best in the competition.
As such, Taguig City public school students bagged gold and silver awards at the 2017 FIRA RoboWorld Cup in Taiwan.
From the categories they joined which were held from August 23 to 27, Samuel Tabernero from Kapt. Eddie T. Reyes Integrated School, Madelle Diez, Philip Leonard Diez, John David Golenia, Pierre Alan Romir Pioquid, and Aron Sean Michael Pioquid from Sen. Renato Compañero Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School went home with gold and silver awards.
In the “Cliffhanger” competition where the students won the gold, they built a robot that knocked out opponents out of a sumo-wrestling type ring.
While in the Mission Impossible category where they won the silver, their task was to make the robot float while following a line path placed underwater. The “Taguig Robotics Team” created an 8.5″ x 11″ robot using limited materials like popsicle sticks, BBQ sticks, glue sticks, paper cups, styrofoam, micro-controllers, distance and ultrasonic sensors, and DC motors.
One of the students said as per an article by GMA News: “We didn’t expect to win especially when we learned what countries we were competing against.”
“When we arrived at the competition, we were intimidated and shocked with the other competitors’ robots, because ours only looked like a metal that had a motor and batteries,” said one of the students.
Sheryl Tabernero, Taguig Robotics Team head coach said the passion and interest of the students enabled them to perform better than expected in the competition.
The team also thanked the city government of Taguig City for the support and for shouldering the expenses of the students.