Initiating a pace forward towards innovation, robotics was the star of the seminar with teachers in the conference room of the preschool building at Montessori De Sagrada Familia on October 20, 2023.
In the said event, Mrs. Maria Carmela Ong, the school principal, shared that it’s been years since the school dreamed about adopting robotics, or the ones considered the view for innovation.
Inviting Sir Dan of De La Salle Araneta, he has taken the lead in explaining the main objectives of robots, especially in education and in schools. By displaying the multifunction robot TBOT, he has showcased its parts and functionalities.
TBOT was presented particularly to relate to teachers on how robots can assess connections in terms of teaching and learning; Sir Dan mentioned that it tackles calibration and comparison, especially to math relations.
He stated, “Pagdating sa mga sensors, pwede i-relate yun sa ano eh… sa science. Then, later, in terms naman on the calibration and comparison… sa math… sa mga math teachers.”
Robotics was a key to patience, discipline, and things relevant to logic, according to him.
He claimed, “And sa tingin ko yung pagiging mahabang pasensya sa ibang teachers, dito madedevelop yung discipline mo… madedevelop kung gaano ka kapasensya kasi you need a lot of patience in robotics and then madedevelop din yung logical thinking at logical skills.”
Teachers who were present agreed and were in condition with the incorporation of robotics in gaining knowledge in academics for students; they concluded that they are open to such involvement in their classrooms, either in the subject of mathematics or science.
Ma’am Criselda Z. Valderama, a mathematics subject area supervisor in high school, said that integrating such is helpful for students in developing critical thinking.
She said, “I’m teaching mathematics, and according to the seminar, we need to incorporate mathematical ideas with critical thinking, so probably this could be needed and could be helpful to students in developing critical thinking.”
The seminar happened in order to realize that robotics equals the era of students and their needs when it comes to applying it to life tasks.
Sir Jeffrey Zubiaga, a science teacher in high school, was vocal about how helpful robotics can be for students in job identification.
He cited, “Sa environment natin ngayon, sa mga job na kailangan, sa mga factories, sa mga… sa ibang schools… especially kung related sa mga engineering, computer science ang kukunin sa college napakalaking bagay ng robotics. And if ngayon pa lang natutunan na ng senior high school at junior high school, yung robotics, hindi sila mahihirapan mag-adopt, hindi sa kanila bago yung mga ganitong system, ganitong approach…”
By: Elizabeth H. Cruz