LETRAN CALAMBA ROBOTICS TEAM Dominates 17th IRO 2015 South Korea

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Nine students from Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba were awarded Silver, bronze, and technology medals in the recently concluded 17th International Robot Olympiad (IRO) held on December 15-20, 2015 at Bucheon Gymnasium. Bucheon City, South Korea.

Zandra Pauline F. Chavez, Vince Jhanzel A. Sulit and Ezekiel Godwin R. Torres grade 5 students bagged the 3 silver medals for the Creativity Junior Category; for the Challenge category Rafael Red Angelo M. Hizon, Jose Carlos C. Paco, and Alexandra V. Apolinario bagged the Technology Award. The event was a 2 day on the spot designing, building, paper evaluation and defense in front of international judges with the theme “Robots and Movies”.

Josh Matthew R. Oronce and Rod Walter O. Magpantay both Grade 10 students bagged 2 bronze medals in the Robot in Movies Challenge Category an on-the-spot movie making robot as the main character with the theme “Earthquake”. Jose Carlos C. Paco and Jazel C. Paco bagged the technology award.

The team was headed by Mr. Nestor Sienes-Head Coach of Letran Calamba Philippine Delegation with Don Paolo R. Burgos, Mary Emjay Cairo who also competed in several categories with outstanding finish. Together with the Letran Calamba delegation were Mr. Simplicio P. Alba (BED Principal), Dr. Ruel V. Maningas (AVP Academics), and Ms. Monica V. Kawabata (HS Mentor). The delegation was also overwhelmingly supportive by parents namely Mrs. Maria Joy Chavez, Mrs. Florabel Torres, Dr. Michelle Oronce, Mrs. Francisca Magpantay, Engr. and Mrs. Jaime Paco, Mrs. Mercy Cairo, and Mrs Marieta Burgos.

The International Robot Olympiad (IRO) is a science, technology, and education event aimed at offering young kids an opportunity to expand their horizons by designing and building robot models and experiencing the robot world. The participants include over 1,000 students, academics, researchers, and developers in the areas of Robotics, IT, and Education, from all around the world (www.iroc2013.org).

The team as the country’s sought after robotics team and true to its convection as the home of the World Robotics Champions since 2012, will continuously upgrade their international standards in robotics kit and trainings.  

The 18th IRO will be held in Malaysia sometime in December next year; the entire team was awarded with a certificate of recommendation for IRO 2016.