Anti-botcha robot to compete in int’l contest

Posted at 04/12/2012 4:26 PM | Updated as of 04/12/2012 4:28 PM
Members of the DYCI Blue Ocean 10 team pose for a photo after winning the local FIRST Lego League last February. They will represent the Philippines in the FLL international competition this month. Photo courtesy of Beryl Jhan Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – A robot that can detect “botcha” or double-deat meat is set to compete in an international competition this month.

The “Meat’s Anti-Germs and Infection Solution" or MAGIS Version 2 will represent the Philippines in the 2012 1st Lego League, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri from April 25 to 28.

The robot was created by a team of high school students from Dr. Yanga’s College Inc. (DYCI) in Bulacan.

DYCI Blue Ocean 10 includes team captain Gladys Leigh Malana, Tricia Carmela Santos, Ramikert del Prado, Michelle Arcanar, Kate dela Cruz, Lady Alein Goleng, Jules Martin Agsaoay, Jonathan Alejandro, Dave Adrian Bien and Tim Jhalmar Fabillon.

The team is coached by DYCI teachers Beryl Jhan Cruz and Romyr Gimeno.

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) said MAGIS Version 2 was created and designed using Lego NXT controllers.

It added that the robot is equipped with thermal and color sensors “which can recognize if the meat is still good for consumption.”

“We congratulate the DYCI Blue Ocean 10 for making it to the FLL and we are optimistic that you would bring honor to the Philippines as you join the international competition,” SEI director Dr. Filma Brawner said in a statement.

“It is our hope that our students will be able to use this experience to get into careers in to the near future,” she added.

The FLL is organized by the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology headed by inventor Dean Kamen.

This year’s theme is “Food Factor,” with contestants tasked to find ways to keep food safe for consumption.

In 2009, the Philippines won the Rookie of the Year and Highest Rookie Seed awards in the 1st Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional Competition for “Larry Labuyo,” a robot created by the Philippine Science High School.