DENMARK (UPDATED) - A group of young Filipinos bagged an award at the First Lego League Open European Championship (FLLOEC) held in Aarhus, Denmark from May 25 to 28.
The Philippine Robotics Team, represented by Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc. (DYCI Bocaue, Bulacan) bagged the third place for Place for Best Project Research Award for My Hub for Effective Remedy to Obesity (My HERO Project).
DYCI alumna Claire Receli Reñosa also won the Young Mentor/Coach Award.
"Ito pong award na ito ay hindi magiging posible kung wala po ang tulong ng bawat isa pong miyembro ng aming team. Sa lahat ng tumulong mula sa aming coach, mentors and school administrators. Sa aming mga pamilya at kaibigan, Marami pong Salamat," said the DYCI Blue Ocean 10 team.
South Africa's Imagineers bagged first place, while Sesi Cerquiboticos from Brazil placed second.
FLLOEC is a contest that encourages children to develop their skills in science and technology by using Lego blocks to build robots.
The 1,200 participants of the contest were between the ages of 10 and 16, and were from 50 countries.
Twenty-year-old Reñosa was the youngest mentor/coach in the competition.
"Ito pong award na ito ay para po sa lahat nang mga kabataan na kasama ko pong lumaban and sa lahat po ng mga tumulong po sa amin. Mabuhay po ang Pilipinas," she said.
Mylene Abiva, national organizer of Philippine Robotics Olympiad/FLL Philippines, said they also partnered with the Department of Education and the Department of Science and Technology for robotics training in their public schools.
Aside from representatives from DYCI, representatives from Benigno Aquino High School (DepEd Makati) were also part of the Philippine delegation.