The Department of Computer Engineering organized the annual Robofesta-PH, in cooperation with the School of Engineering at the Activity Center, Ayala Center Cebu last December 4.
The first robotics competition organized by the DCpE was called ‘Cebu RoboCom’ in 2003. It had two main categories: one is the elementary category, the other is the college category. Through the years a number of ‘updates’ were applied to the event which included one more main category and a few minor events. And its name was changed to “RoboFesta” which is borrowed with permission from Japan, with the goal of promoting robotics through competition.
The high school category was introduced in 2007; it was an exercise in programming 2D virtual robots to do battle. Three years later the high school category was upgraded to work with 3D virtual robots, and added minor categories such as Robot Display, Robot Dance and Speed Racer. The change to real mobile robot programming was implemented for the high school category in 2013.
RoboFesta is an acronym which means “Robotics: Fostering Education, Science and Technology Application”. The essence of the competition is to engage interested people and let them know what robotics is all about and what applications could be made with it. It also aims to show that robotics could be both fun and educational.
A good starting point to realize this goal is through the educational system. The three main events are: ‘Run Robot Run: Terrain Dweller’, ‘Line Orienteering Robot’ and ‘Intelligent Robot Festival’ designed for students from different year levels. The competitors for the events are students from elementary, high school and college or robot hobbyists, respectively.
Elementary students are trained to program a LEGO Robotics Kit, the “Lego Mindstorms EV3”. They have to solve a configurable maze with challenges. Reaching the finish line with the most points will get them the first place. High school students have to rely on their C/C++ programming skills to work with the “Pololu 3pi Robot”. A reprogrammable wheeled robot with an obstacle detector would be run through a maze with the option of earning points by visiting ‘walls’.
The highest pointer with the lowest time is awarded with a trophy. Finally, college students and professionals have to make their own robots from scratch. This time the challenge is to collect and segregate objects. Colored balls are arranged in an arena and corresponding bins are also used. They have the task of finding the ball, determining its color, placing it at the right bin and doing all this given the time limit.
The school that got the award this time was CCL CentrEx from Lapu-Lapu City. Their students got the first place for the elementary and high school categories. The Speed Racer was won by our own students from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
Source: Department of Computer Engineering
13 December 201