Philippine robotics team wins big in South Korea

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  • The Philippines ran off with three gold medals, four silvers, and seven bronze medals from the world-renowned International Robot Olympiad in Bucheon, South Korea from December 15 to 20 last year.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippines ran off with three gold medals, four silvers, and seven bronze medals from the world-renowned International Robot Olympiad in Bucheon, South Korea from December 15 to 20 last year.

The 120 young innovators of the Philippine Robotics team won in various the categories, including robotics programming and robot building.

The delegates were all between 10 and 15 years old, from over 20 schools around the country.

They were chosen based on their performance in past local competitions and their interest in the field.

According to coach Albert Pagilagan, one of the coaches from De La Salle-Zobel, the students showed great talent given the competitive international crowd.

The students trained an average three to four times a week.

They were a little intimidated by delegates from countries with arguably more advanced robotics training such as Japan, Korea, and China, but they had passion going into the olympics.

Despite their young age, members of the team are aware of their potential role as innovators and leaders in their field in uplifting the Philippines.

One young gold medalist said he wants to eventually become a doctor and specialize in robotics for medicine.

Another student said he wants to become an engineer for the progress of the country.