December 23, 2022— The Philippine Robotics National Team from Narvacan National Central High School (NNCHS) in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, bagged eight gold and silver medals in the recently concluded World Robot Games (WRG) 2022, held in Thailand last December 9 to 11.
Team members Jhenny Carta, Joana de Leon, Algine Mendoza, and Ysrael Caneso bagged four gold medals from the competition. At the same time, Sofia Dominique Cabellon, Precious Rafanan, Klyde Joshuel Langiden, and Justin Sambaan snagged another four silver medals for the Incredible Machine Team Category.
The Grade 12 STEM students mentored by Roxanne Rimbaoa, Vince Clyde Cardenas, and Eduardo Cuartelon from NNCHS went head-to-head against 46 other teams in their category.
“Bringing home gold and silver medals doesn’t signify the finish line. We are hoping that this extraordinary feat will spark budding robotics athletes’ curiosity and willingness to continue what we have started and soon represent our country in various competitions,” coach Cardenas said.
“May this win also establish a foundation for robotics to be included in the education curriculum and inspire learners not just to win but to help build a more sustainable future through innovations,” he added.
Carrying the theme “Smart Logistic Robotics,” this year’s competition focuses creativity of robotics in Logistics. The teams are tasked to craft robots in all logistics, supply chain, and delivery areas.
The competition also cultivates the tradition of friendly competition and camaraderie among participants in robotic games while enabling learners to learn and have firsthand experience working with technology while having fun.
First held in 2015, the WRG was the first international robotics competition to use main
control boards from INEX, a Thai company. The competition aims to develop learners’ interest in robotics while testing the control boards from Thailand to ensure they will be deemed fit for other international robotics competitions.