By: Halyn Lunel A. Gamboa
As part of Laguna State Polytechnic’s (LSPU) extension project, the RoboTeach Olympics 2021 was conducted at the Crecencia Drusila Lopez Senior High School, last January 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In collaboration with DOST-CALABARZON, DepEd Schools Division Office of San Pablo City, and Ideation Design and Development Laboratory (IDD Lab), it aims to prepare and equip the 25 teachers from various schools in San Pablo, Laguna with the knowledge and experience of robotics technology.
Ms. Eudora C. Tabo, Associate Dean of LSPU’s College of Industrial Technology, gave the opening remarks.
Virtually present in the event is Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, OIC-Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON. In her inspirational message, she emphasized that designing, developing, and prototyping robots can be done through the IDD Laboratory. She also encouraged everyone to further pursue and learn more about robotics and technology in general.
Ms. Bagsit said, “Now that we have the learnings, the knowledge, the important challenge is how to share this knowledge to our students.”
Prof. Angela L. Reginaldo in delivering the purpose of LSPU’s Extension and Training Services (Photo Credits: Michelle C. Gonzales and Bernie B. Gonzales)
Meanwhile, Prof. Angela Reginaldo, Director of the LSPU Extension and Training Services, echoed Ms. Bagsit’s earlier sentiments on knowledge sharing. According to Prof. Reginaldo, the event caters not only to teachers but to their students as well.
“Iba na po talaga ang landas na tinatahak ng edukasyon ngayon,” she added, “We give our services for free but in return, i-extend po natin kung ano ang natutunan natin dito, doon [to students].”
For the rationale of the project, Dr. Edilberto Andal, IDD General Operations Manager, mentioned that the activity was originally set last April 2020 but was delayed because of the pandemic. However, he also commented that it is because of the pandemic that people are led to explore the possibilities of technology.
Dr. Andal shared, “Ang objective po nito ay makapag-conduct ng training sa basic programming and product assembly para makapag-provide ng tech assistance sa DepEd.”
Aside from this, Dr. Andal mentioned that the activity aims to produce instructional materials on robotics and to provide ample training for students. “It is you who will be the catalyst, it is you who will ignite,” he added, “Education is a continuous process.”
Participants’ robots on display which are mostly made of recycled materials. (Photo Credits: Michelle C. Gonzales and Bernie B. Gonzales)
Moreover, Ms. Rosziel Rosales, the Education Program Supervisor in Science of DepEd San Pablo, explained the rules and guidelines of the contests. RoboTeach Olympics was divided into two main competitions (the Line Tracing and the ZumoBot Competition), and the special awards for the Best Robot Design, People’s Choice Award, and the Best Presenter.
Before the contest proper, all 25 contestants presented their robots and the materials used to create them. Robots were made of recycled materials ranging from recycled bottles, bottle caps, food packagings, to patched illustration boards.
After competing, all participants were awarded their certificate of appreciation. Meanwhile, the names of the winners are as follows:
Best Robot Design - Joseph M. Gutierrez from San Cristobal Elementary School
People’s Choice Award - Ronel L. Dela Cruz of San Pablo Central School
Best Presenter - Ronel L. Dela Cruz of San Pablo Central School
Champion - Mediel B. Lopez of San Isidro National High School
2nd Place - Herbert R. Laluz of Prudencia D. Fule Memorial National High School
3rd Place - Aldrine L. Dellosa of Sto. Angel National High School
Line Tracing Competition:
Champion - Philamer G. Quilla of San Pablo Central School
2nd Place - Joseph M. Gutierrez of San Cristobal Elementary School
3rd Place - Romel F. Partoza of Del Remedio National High School
Winners of the RoboTeach Olympics 2021 pose with their robots and awards. (Photo credits: Michelle C. Gonzales and Bernie B. Gonzales)
After the awardings, Mr. Darwin D. Ofrin, Director of LSPU-SPCC Sports and Cultural, and Mr. Buddy Chester M. Repia, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd San Pablo, offered their messages and gratitude to both participants and organizers of the event.
To finally close the program, Ms. Michelle Gonzales, Project Leader of the RoboTeach Olympics, urged everyone—especially the participants—to transmit their learnings from today’s event to their students.