Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two Philippine Robotics Teams Compete at The First LEGO League European Open in Denmark

The two Philippine Robotics Teams held a courtesy call at the Danish Embassy in Manila.
Robots are perceived to be a thing of the future. But in reality, robots and machines are very present in different industries at work and at home in many countries. What if the robots are made out of LEGO bricks? Thanks to the First LEGO League (FLL), it has captured a number of young people with advanced minds, building brick by brick a robot that can be useful for our everyday lives.

FELTA Multi Media, Inc., exclusive distributor of LEGO Education and LEGO Early Learning in the Philippines, spear-headed the organization of the Philippine Robotics Teams to participate at the various international FLL competitions, such as the FLL World Championship in Houston, Texas, USA, represented by Grace Christian College, the FLL European Open in Aarhus, Denmark, represented by Dr. Yanga College, Inc, and Benigno Aquino High School, the FLL Asia Pacific Open in Sydney, Australia, represented by Batasan High School, De La Salle Zobel, and Dr. Yanga College, Inc.

The upcoming FLL European Open, which is scheduled at the end of May this year, will see two schools competing against 49 participants at Aarhus, Denmark. The two Philippine Robotics Teams, composed of students from Dr. Yanga College, Inc of Bocaue, Bulacan, and Benigno Aquino High School, Makati are privileged to gain two slots in this competition. Inspite of competing against each other, both Philippine Robotics Teams are proud to carry the Philippine flag, and to par against the best in Europe.

This team invented an earthworm robot that eats biodegradable wastes.
Robot dogs will soon be able to monitor and compute proper amount of food intake.

This year's theme is "Animal Allies", wherein each team will present their invention using animal-based theories and practices that would be beneficial to human beings and our environment. Benigno Aquino High School invented robot earthworms, which eat biodegradable wastes, while Dr. Yanga College, Inc. students created a dog robot with a hub to compute and monitor food intake.

Mylene Abiva presenting a token of appreciation to Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen.

The two teams recently held a courtesy call with the Danish Ambassador, Jan Top Christensen at the Danish Embassy, located in Taguig, Metro Manila, accompanied by the CEO and President of Felta Multi Media, Inc., Mylene Abiva.  

"The Philippines has been participating at the world FLL for the past six years, but this is our first time to compete at the European Open," Abiva reveals. "I am so excited, and feel privileged that the organizers allowed us to have two teams at the event."

Ambassador Christensen said, "We welcome you to Denmark, and the town of Aarus I know very well, as I studied university there, and was a professor for 5 years" he adds, "We can show the world the positive effects of this project, how we can work together, and develop and inspire each other. It is good to see young Filipinos in Denmark making a difference in this world."