Makati’s Pitogo HS Rides High on “TagRobo” Four-Lap Victory

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The photo shows high school coach Pitogo Florante Ferrer (center) and the winning team of students consisting of Nathan Enzo Saludo, Gaudy Lhian Macato, Rose Nelyn Andalajao and Allen Reilan Bustamante. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PITOGO High School picked up where it left off by securing its fourth championship title in the “Tagisang Robotics: Design. Build. Play” as the competition returned this year using a hybrid format.

After winning Top Team in 2019, Top Rookie Team, and Top Team in 2013, and again as Top Team in 2014, Pitogo High School has shown they are still the team to beat in the throwback robotics competition held on May 27.

Pitogo High School scored a total of 3,000 points and recorded the shortest time to complete the final task, which is to detect, lift and deliver colored pallets to their designated spots on the playing field.

Composed of students Allen Reilan Bustamante, Nathan Enzo Saludo, Rose Nelyn Andalajao and Gaudy Lhian Macato, the team received a scholarship of 120,000 pesos and a trophy. Their coach, Florante Ferrer, one of the competition’s veteran coaches, received 30,000 pesos in cash.

Pitogo High School is Makati City’s school of science, technology, and engineering that offers middle school and high school.

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Caloocan National Science and Technology High School (CalNatSci), meanwhile, was hailed first runner-up with 2,800 points, and Taguig City Science High School was second runner-up with 2,600 points.

CalNatSci students Angelo Paolo Atip, Gabriel Peter Pacoma, Danielle Faye Alba and Anjae Maria Bejerano won a trophy and an 80,000 peso grant. Taguig City Science High School students Jaisa Julene Mataac, Julyenne Alexander Borais, Steven Andrei Fontiveros and Anastacia Freyja Cabugon received 40,000 pesos and a trophy. The coaches of the first runner-up and the second runner-up received cash prizes of 20,000 and 10,000 pesos respectively.

Rizal National Science High School won the Most Valuable Team title after achieving the highest combined scores in the qualifying matches held in a series before the final game. Through these matches, the Top 8 finalists were selected and allowed to participate in the Hybrid Championship match.

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DoST-SEI) has been organizing “Tagisang Robotics” since 2011 to arouse high school students’ interest in robotics to discover their potentials in engineering fields. and information technology.

“The potential is something that is always there, especially when it comes to Filipino youth. The only challenge is how to refine and harness it, and ensure that effective programs are implemented so that it is happening,” said DoST-SEI Science and Technology Division Head of Workforce Education Research and Promotion, Dr. Ruby Cristobal.

With the new contest format, participating teams were allowed to remotely upload their previously tested codes, operate the robot on-site autonomously, and fulfill the task of efficiently delivering the colored palettes to designated positions on the field of game as soon as possible.

This new game format heralds an innovative way to deliver technology-based competitions amid the restrictions in place due to the pandemic. It also offers a creative solution to the future challenges of organizing highly engaging competitions despite the presence of distant participants.

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