UST Angelicum Robotics Team Conquered the 7th National Robothon 2019

  •   Claude Kit Angelo Jao Amores
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  •   October 04, 2019
The Robothon 2019 winners with their teachers

Three teams from UST Angelicum College emerged victorious and placed in two categories for the SIC (STEAM International Challenge) at the recently concluded 7th National Robothon 2019.

The teams outshined other students from different schools in and outside Metro Manila in the competition at the Mapúa University, Intramuros Manila last September 28, 2019.

The members of the team who competed at the category for low secondary and were declared champions and earned gold medals at the STEAM International Challenge were Martin Falcotelo, Lorraine Combalacer, and Alek Bundang. Furthermore, the team who placed 1st runner up and earned the silver medal at the same category was composed of Rebecca Dizon, Pio Custodio, and Catherine Jayona. Meanwhile, the team members who placed 2nd runner up and earned bronze medals in the high elementary category were Gabriel Cabiling, Kiel Hayden Go, and Joaquin James Blazo. UST Angelicum College also won a special award and a printer as a prize for being consistent in joining the Philippine Robothon.

“It was both an honor and a responsibility to represent UST Angelicum College at the competition, but it was a greater honor that we made our school happy and proud – especially our family, coaches, and teachers who supported us all throughout the training and the competition itself”, said Martin Falcotelo after the competition.

The official Robotics team of UST Angelicum College was selected through a series of screening process composed of two categories. The first was building robots, where the learner’s capability of building robots accurately and swiftly was tested. It was followed by the programming part, where learners were tasked to do a challenge and program their robot to achieve its goal. After the series of screening, those with the best scores in each round were chosen and became the official members of the Robotics team who competed at the National Robothon 2019.

There were over a hundred teams composed of three members who competed at the STEAM International Challenge during the event. There were two rounds in the competition and teams competed by building and programming a robot to do missions like plucking fruits, delivering haybales to silo/payload, and planting seeds accurately, based on this year’s theme “Food Effect 5050”. In addition, all the teams strived to garner the highest scores at the end of each round.

“It was quite challenging, given the fact that we only had 2 weeks of practice and training because we are students and we have a lot of responsibilities at home and in school, but it was not an excuse not to work hard” Cabiling said. “What we had in mind during the competition was to do our best and work hard to make everyone who supported us in any way possible proud that we are able to bring back the championship to our school” Bundang added.

Aside from trophies and medals, the team of Falcotelo, Combalacer, and Bundang who won the championship and earned the gold medal, will be given a chance to represent the Philippine Team in the International Robothon in GuangZhou, China this 24th of November 2019 once it is approved by the school.

“We are excited to compete in China. We are sure that we are going to do our best to make our families, school, and our country proud” said Combalacer when asked about their upcoming competition.

When asked on how their UST Angelicum training and education set them apart from the other teams, Dizon answered “We were taught the accurate tools and discipline during our training, but ultimately, it was our ability to think outside the box while dealing with the challenges”.

The team was headed and guided by Mr. Anthony Victorino, their coach and Robotics Facilitator at UST Angelicum College, and supported by Ms. Catherine C. Dizon, the MAPEH-TLE.COM Cluster Coordinator.

The 7th National Robothon was organized by First Eduspec Inc., a Singapore-based company and wholly owned by Eduspec Holdings Bhd. In Malaysia, it is involved in providing outsourced education programs and consulting services to educational institutions.


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