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.
In the pursuit of continuous school development to deal with the changes and challenges of 21st century education, the administrators of UST Angelicum College visited the Dominican International School (DIS) in Dazhi, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan on July 4, 2019.
The delegates to the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers from different countries held their world conference in July in Bien Hoa in Vietnam, where the Dominican family has an important presence. After the Mass of the Holy Spirit on July 13, 2019, the plenary session elected the 87th successor of St. Dominic, and the 88th Master of the Order in the person of Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, O. P.
UST Angelicum welcomed the new academic year 2019-2020 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit which was held on August 7, 2019. The Mass, which coincided with the celebration of the Feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, was presided by the Pro-Vice-Rector of the school, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, O. P. and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Noel Castor, O. P., the school’s Director for Financial Affairs, Rev. Fr. Rudolf Seño, O.P. and the new Chaplain of the Basic Education Department, Rev. Fr. Arden Dacuma, O. P. Rev. Reynor Munsayac also joined during the celebration.
Despite the rainy weather last weekend, the BEC Youth Volunteers were all excited to attend the Team Building and Planning Session organized by the Office of the Religious Affairs last September 14, 2019 with the theme, ‘ Using One’s Gifts in Serving Others’ (1 Peter 4:10).
UST Angelicum bagged eight awards at the Philippine Student Quill Awards, including the Top Award for Communication Skills.