BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, October 12, 2018 – Two elementary school learners from North Cabadbaran Central Elementary School in Agusan del Norte competed and brought home the bronze award in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Cyberkids Camp (ACC) held from September 4 to 6 at the Rizqun International Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
Grade 3 student Jassef Yzaiah Tambis and Grade 4 student Rainbow Concha, and their coach, Teacher Prelyn Sandimas comprised the Philippine delegation.
This year’s ACC, organized by the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), aimed to enhance the students’ skills in adaptability, critical thinking, problem solving, team work, and information and communication technology (ICT).
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones conveyed her gratitude toward the two cyber wiz learners, as well as their coach, for bringing pride to the country in the field of ICT. She further underscored the importance of inculcating the students with 21st century competencies to make them not just locally, but also globally competitive.
In its program brief, the ACC is described as a platform for top students aged 12 years old and below from the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to gather and create multimedia computer projects upon an instant challenge from the judges. The program adopts the 21st century learning objectives by way of developing computer animations, and interactive stories or applications.
The competition tasked the participants to make an animation using the Scratch software with the topic, “Smart City.” Tambis and Concha made a city animation that uses ICT in the movement of the city, with two sprite characters named Abby and Dee discussing what makes a smart city. The city animation also illustrated how ICT helps in easing the day-to-day activities of people and further contributing toward the success of the whole city. The created animation also has buildings, high technology hospitals, transportation, wide coverage of Wi-Fi connection, and competent schools in it.
The participants had a total of 20 minutes to present their project – three minutes for equipment set up; 10 minutes for preparation and demonstration; five minutes for Questions and Answers; and two minutes for disassembling the presentation equipment.