Pueblo de Panay Township, Roxas City -- A 2-day robotics workshop was held for teachers and students of C.H.I.L.D.’S Academy, Inc. here in Pueblo de Panay last July 10 – 11, 2017 by LISER Robotics, a robotics company which aims to enhance Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) Education in the Philippines.
LISER Robotics developed an educational robot to teach robot hardware and programming to elementary and high school students. It developed a system that consists of an educational robot kit, a curriculum, and other educational materials. The robot is called LISER, which stands for Low-cost Intelligent STEAM Educational Robot, and can be programmed by connecting it to the USP port of a PC.
The 2-day workshop consisted of a workshop for teachers on Day 1 and a workshop for both teachers and students on Day 2. The workshop was facilitated by no other than LISER Robotics’ CEO himself, Engr. Diogenes Armando D. Pascua, and Ms. Aileen O. Amora. Both are also instructors at Mindanao University of Science and Technology’s College of Engineering and Architecture Department.
Engr. Pascua, introducing LISER to the students.
C.H.I.L.D.’S Academy, Inc., located in Pueblo de Panay, prides itself in offering a progressive type of primary education that is balanced and holistic. Offering a robotics workshop to their teachers and students is in line with their goal of making learning fun and interactive for their students. School Directress of C.H.I.L.D.’S Academy, Inc., Michelle Garingalao-Ong, believes that, in this advanced age of technology, the older students in their school should start being exposed to experts in the computer programming field so they can hone their skills and have a better chance of succeeding in the future. “I wanted them to develop an appreciation for the use and importance of technology in their lives, not just as gaming gadgets, but also as educational tools. Today's children are gifted with the intuition to understand these complex creations. What better venue for them to sharpen this natural ability than in school activities such as these where an expert can guide and walk them through the process? At first, they thought the Liser robots were just toys. And then I saw the surprise and delight on their faces when they discovered that the robots could be programmed to obey commands,” added Ms. Garingalao-Ong.
The students, with LISER.
Indeed, the teachers and students had fun while learning during the 2-day robotics workshop. One student was overheard telling her mother: "I was so excited about that workshop, Mom. It was worth it. You think we will do it again soon, please?"