Fil-Am teen creates award winning robots

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Filipino American teen Jordan Wong has been building robots since he was nine years old.

But these aren’t mere toys. Jordan builds droids to compete in state and national robotics competitions.

On Sunday, he led his upper school robotics team to win the Vex Florida State Qualifier competition held in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Wong said, “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor or something like that. But since I’m getting into like engineering and everything, so this is, I think this is really fun. So all these things would factor for what I do in the future.”

His team won 2nd place in the State Championship last year and made it to the World Championship back in his 6th grade.

The straight A “superbagets”, as his mom fondly calls him, is a 9th grader at the Ransom Everglades Upper School in Coconut Grove.

Ransom is listed as the second best private school in America in the 2015 Niche Rankings

He also belongs to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) .

Jordan is among the highest scoring participants in both programs that identifies and develops academically gifted and talented youth.

Wong’s mom Miriam said, “I’m always trying to push and encourage them. Everybody knows me to be a Tiger Mom. So I’m guilty. I will continue to be a Tiger Mom and help them become successful in life.”

Jordan is also a team leader at Joshua’s Heart, a charity group organized by kids that help kids. The organization was recently featured on the Disney Channel and was a Young Wonder CNN Heroes nominee in 2014.

Founder Joshua Williams, 13,  said he and Jordan are organizing a fun charity event that involve video games to give back to less fortunate kids their age.

Williams said, “Whenever you help people it’s a great feeling, and it’s really what humanity is kind of about — helping each other and bringing each other up when each other go up.”

“We were privileged so much. I was lucky to be one of the few Filipinos my age that go to a really good school, who does all these robotics, who has a nice home,”
Wong said. “So I think I should be able to give back to the people who are more in need.”

Jordan’s team will be competing in the State Vex Robotics competition in Tampa, Fla. in February.

If they win, they will compete in the World Championship in Kentucky in April.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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