A small rural public school in Negros Occidental have something to celebrate, after their students’ invention won a gold medal in a recently held 2016 European Robotics Olympiad in Budapest, Hungary, on September 6.
The delegates from Don Felix T. Lacson Memorial National Highschool burst with pride when “Gamhanan” bested other 89 robots from 62 different countries. The Philippine sent 3 teams with 5 robots from Silay City, Cebu City, and Quezon City Science Highschool.
“Gamhanan” is a Hiligaynon/Ilonggo term for “powerful”, or “malakas” in Tagalog. Gamhanan, which stands 3 feet and 6 inches, and weighs 27.8 pounds was invented by Silka Maliksi, Japeth Toboso, and Goerge Karl Sabio, all from DFTLMNHS , in Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Gamhanan is programmed to talk and speak 189,900 selected words. The robot can also speak a full 12-word sentence having the voice of Senator Francis Escudero, and is conversational on basic greetings.
Japeth Toboso, the one who designed Gamhanan’s voice said he recorded one of Escudero’s speeches and the team agreed to use the Senator’s voice.
The team received three gold medals, a trophy for their school, and cash reward of $50,000. The committee also refunded all of their travel expenses.
Quezon City Science High School’s team also received the “Best Walking Robot” special award.
The team is expected to return home on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Silay City Mayor Mark J. Golez, Cong. Alfredo Benitez, and Gov. Alfredo Marañon each said they will give cash rewards to the delegates, and promised to provide more support to the school’s science and technology department.
Aside from gold medal, Gamhanan won in Best Voice, Best Design, Best Architecture, and Bilingual categories. / Carlo Medina – Bacolod City/
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