Letran Calamba Robotics: educating young innovators of tomorrow, today

By:Nestor B. Sienes

The Philippines – A group of Grade 6 students from Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba wowed the international judges as they presented their invention “Aqua Z.O” or Aquatic Zero Oil, an automated oil skimmer robot that won 2nd Place during the 2015 World Robot Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Colegio’s Robotics Teams have been consistently winning in various national and international robotics events since joining in 2012, and they continue developing and discovering new innovations in robotics technology.

The Colegio’s Robotics Teams have been consistently winning in various national and international robotics events since joining in 2012, and they continue developing and discovering new innovations in robotics technology.

With the new Philippine Education 12-year Basic Education Curriculum in place, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba Basic Education Department has prepared students to be better equipped with rapidly increasing level of sophistication and better understanding of the academic tract in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The creation of the Robotics Team paved the way in inspiring and motivating young learners to turn their imagination into reality. Since its birth in 2012 many students have been eager to be part of the team. Since its maiden participation in the national robotics competition, the Letran Calamba Robotics Team has maintained its status as the Philippines’ sought-after robotics team.

From its humble beginnings, the team Asia & Oceania has leveled-up terms of robotics technology. Because of this, the team has developed various robotics prototypes that brought great impact in the society like the “Walk Care”, an innovated walker that assists elders, which won the silver medal at the 14th International Robotics Olympiad 2012 in South Korea.

In 2012, a batch of young inventors developed “Automated Irrigation System”, a technology that helps rice farmers in sustaining and managing irrigation in rice farms, winning silver medals at the 15th International Robotics Olympiad 2013 held in Denver, Colorado, USA.

In 2014, another batch developed a technology to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change named “Systematic Landfill Extraction of LFG” that won Best Technological Award during the 16th International Robotics Olympiad 2014 in Beijing, China.