PASIG CITY, November 30, 2022 – Five learners from two public elementary schools in Quezon City won bronze medals in the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) held in Dortmund, Germany last November 17-19, 2022.

The robotics team of Betty Go-Belmonte Elementary School (BGBES)—composed of Angelina Phoebe Castañeda, Mikaella Jannielle Sevilla, and Joem Fugaban—secured a bronze score ranking in the Robo Mission category, wherein contestants design, construct, and program an autonomous robot that can solve specific challenges on the field.

Meanwhile, Abisha Beatrix Florante and Zurina Mae Clemente of Project 6 Elementary School (P6ES) likewise bagged the country’s second bronze medal in the Future Innovators category after developing a robot that would go on rescue missions in times of natural disasters instead of humans.

Coach Michael Armentia of BGBES commended his team for doing a job well done despite it being their first time competing on the international stage.

“Kayang-kaya ng mga student natin makipagsabayan with other countries when it comes to robotics,” Coach Armentia noted.

On the other hand, P6ES Coach Shiela Rosa also underscored the significance of exposing Filipino learners in global competitions.

“Competing on the international platform brings so much joy and excitement to us and of course, pride to our country. This opportunity gives us access to new knowledge and builds confidence,” Coach Rosa said, adding she wish more schools can be equipped with robotics laboratories.

The WRO is an annual international robotics competition for students aged 8 to 19 years. The competition aims to promote robotics in STEM education worldwide and help develop young people’s creativity, design, and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robot competitions and activities.