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The Journey to IROC

As they all say, Rome was not built over eight. Same with our young Roboticts Athelete, many of the Champions in Robotics Competitions had to go through rigorous trainings prior to becoming the country representatives to an international Olympiad such as the IROC.

Step 1: Robotics Workshop

The first part of the exposure to Robotics happens during a Robotics Workshop or Camp. Data Science and Technology Corporation (DSTC) is the country’s leading provider of comprehensive Robotics Training Packages to schools. It is a special train- ing package offered to schools who are just starting to implement or introduce the con- cept of K12 Robotics Courses. As a beginner in Robotics education, the training package includes the following:

Robot Kits (no specific brands are required but highly recommended are INEX Robo Circle for young learners and INEX Pop-XT for moderate to advanced learners).

Robotics Environment (i.e. Sumo wrestling fields, Agribot Fields, etc.) – game boards where the programmed and assembled robots will be run and tested.

Robotics Camp Curriculum—the complete day-to-day lessons for the duration of the camp Robotics Trainers & Facilitators Installation of Robotics Software Applications Competition Management—the culminating activity at the end of the 3-day workshop.

During the school year, a typical Robotics Camp is usually held as a Saturday-program-offering of the school to a select group of students. Some schools would implement it as a Club or an Elective Subject. During Summer, Robotics Camps are more popular and offered by the schools as one of its Summer Class Programs.

Step 2: Robotics The Journey to IROC, Usually after a Robotics Camp, schools would realize that Robotics had a magical effect to their students …students who used to be afraid of Mathematics would start churning-out formulas as if they were part of their ordinary daily conversation. Many students would want to take-up advance classes in Robotics, and the rest would definitely want to continue working on a robot project.

As an excellent Hands-On laboratory for Science and Mathematics, schools are encouraged to integrate Robotics in their Science, Computer, and/or Mathematics Curriculum. Especially in Science and Mathematics, many difficult concepts are easy to unlock when taught using Robotics Demonstration.

Data Science and Technology Corporation offers packages that bundle Robot Kits, Teachers Training, S.T.E.M. Robotics Curriculum, and year long mentoring sup- port for schools.

A culminating activity can also be conducted at the end of the program where students would compete in a friendly competition and the possible candidates to an inter- school, regional, and National Robotics Competition are identified.

Step 3: Regional Robotics Competition

Data Science and Technology Corporation works together with Pinoy Robot Games to hold regional qualifying competitions all over the country. The winners from the various competitions are invited to participate in the National Robotics Competition.

Since this is a qualifying level and preparation for the schools’ participation at the National, same categories are used at the regional level.

Step 4: National TheRobotJourney to IROC ics Competition

The country’s first open robotics competition where the student skills take the center stage. There are various game categories where students can take part.

There are no robot brand requirements for the different gaming events, except for special INEX leagues.

Every year, there are more then 300 school teams that participate in this national event. The champions from the main game category will be the country’s repre- sentative to the International Robotics Olympiad.

The different Game Categories are the following:

1.Sumobot— match is fought between two teams, each team having 2 members. Only one team member may approach the ring. In accordance with the game rules each team competes on a Dohyo (sumo ring) with a robot that they have constructed themselves. The match starts at the judge’s command and continuous until a contestant earns two Yuhkoh points. The judge determines the win- ner of the match.

2. Line Tracing—the objective of Line Tracing is for your autonomous robot to com- plete the course in the shortest period of time while accurately tracking the line from START to FINISH. A game is played by one robot per team having 2 mem- bers. Only one team member may approach the playing field. Playing field consists of different obstacles with corresponding points. Your aim is to surpass the obstacle while moving on the line. The team who approach the finish line in the shortest period of time will win the game.

The Journey to IROC

Step 4: National Robotics Competition

3. Mission Challenge—these are games with required accurate movements and be-

havior of robot. The students are tasked to develop a program and build robots with precision. Example mission is the break-out challenge.

Break-Out: A natural disaster has occurred and the mission of the robot is to find or make a path to the trapped individuals. The trapped individuals are at the cell

marked END in the map. The robot will begin at the cell marked ST. The fast- est robot to get to the END wins.

4. Robo Soccer- this is a robot game that mimics human soccer. Participant will control humanoid robots to score more goals in opponent’s net. Understanding of hu- manoid’s mechanics and strategy is important and cooperation with teammates is re- quired.

5. Humanoid Challenge—this is a robot game that requires building and programming

a Humanoid Robot to behave according to the given task. One example gaming event for this category is Humanoid Prison Break. The objective of Robot Prison break is to build a robot that performs its best sensor usage by predicting the obstacles to understand a robot’s autonomous movements and study human brain function.

The Journey to IROC

Step 4: National Robotics Competition

The 2015 National Robotics Competition will be held on February 7, 2015. The winners for this event will be the country’s representative to the 17th IROC to be held in Bucheon, South December 2015.

Step 5: International Robotics Olympiad

The 16th International Robotics Olympiad will be held on Nov. 5-9, 2014 at Shi-jingshan Gymnasium, Beijing, China.The theme of this IROC is “Robots: Stop Global Warming!”

In the previous 15th IROC held in Denver Colorado last December 16-20, 2013 , the Philippine Team brought home many awards and recognitions. This is the first Robotics Team in the country that won GOLD Medals in a Regular Category.

2 GOLD Garcia, Nicole John – Letran Calamba and Calderon, Hans Simon – Letran Calamba

6 SILVER Aguila, John Raphael – Letran Calamba, Maningas, Sean Vince Ruel – Letran Calamba, Gener, Czareen Elen – Letran Calamba, Santiago, Sabrina – GCC, Ngo, Arvy

Daniel – GCC, Imperial, Eian david – GCC 5 BRONZE Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ, Co, Davenson – DLSZ, Ramos, Raphael Manuel – DLSZ 7 SPECIAL AWARDS Tan, Heart Bernice – GCC, Tan, Heidi Kristine – GCC, Uy, Jeremy Lance – GCC, Gamboa, Kimberly Klaire – GCC, Ng, Calvin Alexander GCC, Dela Cruz, John Sebastian Gerald Julian -DLSZ , Chua, Alvin Ken Steven Jr. GCC

The Journey to IROC

Data Science and Technology Corporation (DSTC), in partnership with Pinoy Robot Games, is

the strong support that makes possible the holding of several Robot Camps, Regional Qualifying Rounds, National Robotics Competition (NRC) and the Philippine Team to the International Ro- botics Olympiad. It has been continuously providing the Philippine schools with the best technol- ogy solutions for education.

Data Science and Technology Corporation is a provider of world-class technology educational solutions to schools. Some of its products are:

1.LabDisc—a laboratory that fits in the palm of your hand! It is a complete laboratory for K12 Science Experiments, with up to 14 built-in sensors, equipped with GPS technology, compact, wireless, perfect for indoor & outdoor science-related activities.
Laboratory sensory and Environmental Sensors 

2.Digital Microscope—your modern version of Microscope, a must for all science classrooms. Connects to PC or MAC, with Camera, Video, and Time-Lapse Functions. Focus and Project for the whole class to see.

3.Robotics Program for Schools—a comprehensive Robotics Learning package for schools, complete with curriculum, robot kits, and training support.

4.Robot Kits— we carry several types and models of Robots like INEX, Pop-Bot XT, and RQ Huno Humanoid

Sumo Robot that don't only do Sumo Fight

5.K12 Computer Courseware— market-relevant computer subjects for K12

6.Multimedia Resources—instructional materials for Science, Mathematics, English and local academic subjects like Araling Panlipunan, Filipino and MAPE.

7.Mobile Planetarium—a portable and inflatable planetarium dome complete with Aircon Unit. The dome can accommodate up to 60 students at a time, with various astronomy shows for full enjoyment of all students.

8.3D Printer—the first Philippine-made 3D Printer. Inventor is Mr. Justin Gabitan of Puzzlebox.

Latest printer a 3 D printer

The Journey to IROC

 September 12, 2014

Creative Robo Fest to be held at Don Bosco Canlubang. Students will build Robots that would be able to help stop global warming. The winners from this competition will also form part of the Philippine Robotics Team who will compete in the 16th International Robotics Competition in Beijing China.

 November 5-9, 2014

16th International Robotics Olympiad to be held in Beijing, China. The theme for this year’s IROC is “Robots: Stop Global Warming!”

 December 13, 2014

National Sumobot Competition to be held at Don Bosco Makati. This event is exclusive to Sumobot Games. The winners from this competition will take part in the Sumobot Category in the National Robotics Com petition.

 February 7, 2015

National Robotics Competition. The winners from this competition will be the country’s representatives to the 17th IROC in Bucheon, South Korea in Decem- ber 2015.

 Middle of 2015, Asian Robotics Competition to be held in Indonesia.

 December 2015 IROC, Bucheon South Korea

Press Release

Data Science and Technology Corporation support our National Team for the upcoming International Robotics Olympiad.
Ana Isabelle Chua, Grade 9 and Kimberly Gamboa, 4th high school at Grace Christian College WON the IROC or International Robotics Competitions.

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