|Members of GCC's Team Gracean Whiz pose for a photo after winning in the 2011 Tagisang Robotics competition. Photo courtesy of DOST-SEI
MANILA, Philippines - Team Gracean Whiz of Grace Christian College (GCC) recently topped "Tagisang Robitics," the country's first and only varsity-type robotic competition for high school students.
GCC beat 21 other high schools from Metro Manila and nearby provinces and bagged the Best Team award with a cash prize of P100,000, a trophy and gold medals, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) said in a statement.
The team's coach, Warren Ongpe, took home P30,000.
GCC also won the Best Alliance Award together with Dr. Yanga's College Inc.'s Team DYCI Trojans and Rizal National High School's Team R11 Mekanismo. They received a P150,000 cash prize, P30,000 for their coaches, and trophies and silver medals.
Special awards, meanwhile, were also given to the following teams:
- Team Munsci Jailbreakers of Muntinlupa High School: Thinklab Best Blog Award
- Team Mechanical High of Caloocan High School: Felta Most Popular Robot Award and Alexan Most Popular Team Award
- Team Liyab of Philippine Science High School - Main Campus: National Instruments Best Robot Engineering Design Award
"As a field, robotics is a great example of a convergence of various disciplines emerging from basic and applied sciences. Building and controlling robots that perform certain tasks are not just the goals of this competition but rather, the development of skills and values that will be useful in running tomorrow's technology-driven industry," SEI director Dr. Filma Brawner said.
Brawner then urged student participants to take on careers in science in the future.
"We are optimistic that in the future, our students will take on careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering," she said.