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Author: Lalaine M. Peña, SRS-II, PSTC-Zambales

Robots on display inside the established robotics facility

Mataas ang pangarap namin ni Mayor Paulino sa robotics. It is our dream that from learning the basic components of robotics, learners will progress to learn its application in various industries like agriculture and food processing,” thus stated Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology III (DOST) in his inspirational message during the awarding ceremony for Olongapo City students who won medals in various competitions.

Together with City Mayor Atty. Rolen C. Paulino Jr., Dr. Sicat  recognized student winners  in this year’s 1) Philippine  Robotics Olympiad, 2)Minecraft Education Competition, and 3) Virtual Robot Games. They had the opportunity to see the award-winning robotics projects built by students during their visit to the robotics facility in Olongapo City. 

The establishment of the robotics facility in Olongapo City have earned positive response from target beneficiaries since its virtual launch in July 30, 2021. A total of  10 webinars and online workshops have been conducted, out of which five (5) robotics projects were created and 334 students and educators were trained on the basic principles of robotics, algorithm, coding, programming, line followers, and color sensors.

Dr. Sicat applauded Mayor Paulino and Ms. Maria Ailene L. Viacrusis, the robotics coach from A+ Solutions Development Center Corporation, for their passion and commitment towards making the city the hub for innovation, community empowerment, and sustainability in the field of robotics. Dr. Sicat pledged continuous funding support to the next phase of the project through the DOST Central Luzon Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program. 

Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology III gives his inspirational message to the coaches, students and parents.

Atty. Rolen C. Paulino Jr., Olongapo City Mayor expresses his gratitude to the DOST 3 and delivers his motivational message to the guests.

DOST 3 RD Dr. Julius Caesar V. SIcat  scrambles a Rubik’s cube for the robot to solve.

(Pictured from Left to right, DOST 3 RD Dr. Julius Caesar V. SIcat, student-awardee, Gabriel Nathan Nicdao and Mayor Rolen C. Paulino Jr. during the demonstation proper)

Student-awardees, Niña Alrica Viacrusis and Sean Matthew Viacrusis from Regional Science High School, Region III  bagged the 2nd place in the 2021 Philippine Robotics Olympiad Powerbot- Regular Senior High School Category

Student-awardees, Gabriel Nathan Nicdao from Regional Science High School, Region III   and Enelia Krizel Viacrusis from Learning Circle Inc. placed 3rd in the 2021 Philippine Robotics Olympiad Powerbot- Regular Elementary Category and bagged several places in the Virtual Robot Games- 5th place Regional Level ,3rd place National Level, 11th place International Level, and Champioship is set on December 2021.

Student-awardees, Ralph Benedict Balaños, Prince RJ Silver De Vera, and Lucas Marion Deventura won 4th place in the 2021 Philippine Robotics Olympiad Powerbot- Regular Elementary Category

Student-awardeees Ysabelle Faye Roque and Wiliam Nathan Roque from Ilalim Elementary School won several places in the Virtual Robot Games- 6th place Regional level, 2nd place National level, 44th place International level and the Championship is set on December 2021.

Timothy Canlas from Special Education for the Gifted got the 1st place for the Elementary Individual category  in the 2021 Minecraft EducatIon Competition

Gaebrelle Elson R. Alfar, Jade Migaile R. Espinoza, John Dale E. Manandic from Olongapo City Elementary School bagged 3rd place in the Elementary Group Category during the 2nd Philippine National Minecraft Education Edition Competition

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