The Department of Education has commended public school students for winning over 286 contestants in the elementary, junior high school, senior high school and open categories in the virtual 19th Philippine Robotics Olympiad recently.

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(photo from DepEd)

“I would like to congratulate those who participated and won in this Robotics Olympiad,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said. “This only proves that schools continue to cultivate the talents of students in the field of robotics,” she added.

Briones said that the field of robotics is “one of the exciting fields in the future of education and with the help of our partners, we hope to support more schools for them to offer robotics program.”

 Jamella Ronquillo and Greg Homer delos Santos from Aurora Quezon Elementary School in Manila won in the elementary category. In the Junior High School  category, Marc Francisco Largo, Luke Alexander Pons, and Allen Reilan Bustamante from Pitogo High School in Makati City were declared as winners.

Champions in the Senior High School division were representatives from Batasan Hills National High School in Quezon City –  Reymond Yncierto, John Carlo Eduria, and Jhun Eric Tindungan.

Nicole Ching Angela Sanchez, Shania Kate Namoco, and Shane Clarice Bacrang of Candijay National High School from the Division of Bohol won in the Open category.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the country, the competition  was held through a Virtual Robotics Toolkit and World Robot Olympiad SMART Cities Virtual Playing Fields for all levels in October.

According to Felta Multi-Media Inc. President and Robotics Olympiad national organizer Mylene Abiva, this year’s competition aims to increase the level of awareness among students especially during this pandemic.

“We would like to involve as many students, coaches, parents, and school administrators to create awareness on how Virtual Robotics technology can be an engaging competition and event even during COVID times,” Abiva said.

 Dr. Ruby Cristobal, a Chief Science Research Specialist of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology; Vergel Rebuta, a Science Research Specialist II of SEI-DoST; and Engineer Carlos Oppus, the director of Ateneo de Manila Innovation Center were  judges.

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