Graders Win in the 7th Philippine Robothon
Last September 28, 2019, the Grade School Unit sent 6 teams composed of 18 pupils to represent the school to the 7th Philippine Robothon competition held at Mapua University – Intramuros Campus. There were 168 teams from different parts of the country that participated in 3 different categories – STEAM International category, Programming Skills Challenge category and Innovative Open Category. There were 3 teams that represented St. Scholastica’s College – Manila Grade School in the STEAM International category (SIC) – High Elementary level and 3 teams for the Programming Skills Challenge (PSC) category – Grade School.
One of the Programming Skills Challenge (PSC) teams bagged the 3rd place. The team was composed of Angel Antonia C. Santiago (Gr.6 – St. Berno), Therese Clarivel A. Acuna (Gr. 5 – St. Frideswida) and Mariel B. Maquito (Gr. 5 – St. Lioba). This category is a curriculum-based competition. In this category, robots are pre-built, however, details of the field track components for this competition were only revealed on the day of competition. Competing teams must program their robots on the spot to accomplish the mission. The team was dubbed by the competition judges and marshalls as “the team that was tested beyond what the event has offered” since they were the sole team in this category that had to modify their robot due to specification restrictions but handled this extra challenge in a time-bound competition.
This year’s competition theme was “Ignite the F.I.R.E.” ( Fourth Industrial Revolution in Education). The competition challenges were designed to address the problems related to food and agriculture. It answers the call of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to utilize robotics and automation to tackle agricultural production needs. The mission of the Agricultural Robotics and Automation (A.G.R.A.) is to promote research, development, innovation, and standardization in robotics and automation to enable safe, efficient and economical agricultural production.
by Ms. Toni Elaine Emala