By Princess T. Abellon
STUDENT-MADE ROBOTS impressed the crowd as they participated in a race at the 3rd Invitational Robotics Competition last Feb. 18 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete.
Silliman University College of Engineering and Design (SU CED) organized the event which aims to “encourage the youth to embrace the technology available in Negros Oriental.”
Robotics is a competition of robots which are made by representatives from various colleges and universities. There were two categories: the line tracing race and the maze traversal race.
Twelve robots competed with one another. These robots were from the SU CED, SU College of Computer Studies (SU CCS), SU Physics Department, Maxino College, and Dr. Caridad C. Labe Education Centrex for Excellence (CCL), Lapulapu City, Cebu.
“They compete in pairs and the first one to finish the whole track will be the one to win,” Warren San Jose, Philippine Institute of Computer Engineers (PHICES) president said.
Nico Dique, Robotics competition organizer said: “As what we did, we build our own robots from scratch. This is where creativity, art and innovative ideas spring out in us…to let the students inside and outside SU to be aware that these robots exist in simplest forms.”
The winners of the line tracing race were CCL, SU Physics Departments and CCS, respectively. On the other hand, the winners of the maze traversal race were SU Physics Department, Maxino College (2nd) and CCL (3rd).