Out of 12,000 students from all over the world, the Philippine team won first place in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League World Festival, held last April 23 to 26 in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States.
A total of 82 teams from 36 countries participated in the annual event where students between 9 and 16 years old get to compete and show the best of their robotics and engineering skills. This year, the theme of the festival is “Nature’s Fury”.
“It’s a passion for science, technology, and innovation that have allowed these industries to prosper,” said FIRST founder, Dean Kamen. “Take what you have learned from here and solve the world’s problems.”
The Philippine team, called the Philippine Robotics Team, came first in the “Best Project Presentation” category. Its members hail from Bocaue, Bulacan.
Their winning entry, “AHON,” which stands for All-Around Homing Operative of Nature, can detect floods, earthquakes, tsunami and wildfires. It works by flashing a specific light color to indicate a calamity: green for flood, orange for earthquake, blue for tsunami and red for wildfire. It also identifies the nearest evacuation centers in such instances.
Another entry from the Philippine Robotics Team was the “AGAP”, which stands for the All-Around Goods Assistance Professor. The invention has the ability to pack and distribute relief goods and first aid kits.
See GMA News’ reports on “AGAP” and “AHON here:
Sources: • April 26, 2014. “12,000+ Students Bring their Custom-Built Robots and Team Spirit to the Ultimate Sport for the Mind Showdown at 2014 FIRST Championship” usfirst.org
• May 29, 2014. “Phl team wins in first Lego League World Fest in US” philstar.com
• June 20, 2014. “Mga robot na makakatulong sa oras ng kalamidad, naimbento ng ilang batang Pinoy” gmanetwork.com