FILIPINO techno-enthusiast are set to do battle with their counterparts from 32 other countries as the Philippines is set to host this year’s World Robotics Olympiad (WRO) from November 6 to 7.

Mylene Abiva, President and CEO of Felta Multimedia Inc., said Thursday that the event aims to bring out world–class talent and skills in robotics from the different countries all over the world.

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It will be the first for the country to host such a gathering.

More than 1,000 young students shall aim to bring science and technology into whole new level with their unique presentation and demonstration of the robots.

At the same time, the event provides a forum where students interested in the working of modern technology can unleash their creative skills.

“Competitions like this create an effective educational forum that provides a more challenging and enjoyable avenue to further intensify the students’ fascination and passion in science and technology,” Abiva said.

“This time, in a much bigger sense, we’ll get to see how students from different nations also take their science to heart and see for ourselves how we can be at par with the best of the world,” she added.

Eugene Zhang, chairman of WRO 2010, said the objectives of WRO are to build creativity, innovation problem solving and faster, promote culture exchange.

More that 30 countries will battle it out to exhibit core robotics technologies like manipulation, locomotion and control which include the machine learning, computer vision, and graphics, thorough the use of Lego Kit.

The robotics events have two categories: the Open Category is the creative category where the students present the ingenuity using Lego kit and the Regular category focuses on the technical skills of the students.

Robotics is a technology that uses computer-controlled robots to perform various tasks.

In joining this competition, the school must be registered to the WRO. The participating school will also endorse their students to take part in the competition.

In the past seven years, “the Philippines has won two WRO gold medals, courtesy of robotics entries from FAITH (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) in Tanauan City, Batangas and Grace Christian High School in Quezon City. The Philippine contestants also won two silvers and a bronze.

During last year’s contest held at Pohang, South Korea, the Philippine team was composed of students from Grace Christian College, FAITH, Nemesio Yabut Elementary School, International school Manila, Philippine Science High School (Bicol), and Benigno Aquino High School.

The first WRO was held at Singapore in 2004 followed by Bangkok, Thailand, Nanning, China, Taipei, Taiwan and Yokohama in Japan in the succeeding years. (AH/Sunnex)