By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
In the hope of urging more schools to nurture the potential of their students, the Department of Education (DepEd) commended the achievements of learners coming from various schools when it comes to technology.
During the first-ever “Cyber Expo” held recently, DepEd presented its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Achievers’ Award to public school learners whose achievements in the field of ICT at the regional, national, or international level “contributed to the digital rise.”
Learners from various schools who made “significant impact to their communities” and “presented solutions to local issues, problems, and concerns with the aid of technology” were recognized by DepEd which include Taguig National High School which claimed the Gold Technical Merit award and gold medalist in disaster risk challenge at the 2018 International Robot Olympiad and Championship in China; Alaminos City National High School – Winner of Best Cinematography, Editing, Sound Design, and Trailer in the Regional AHD, North Luzon, Urduja, and Pagwanawanan Film Festivals; Baguio City National High School – 2017 DepEd Regional Science and Mathematics Festival Champion for Science Investigatory Project (Physical Science-Individual); Cagayan National High School – National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) Champion in Robotics and Intelligent Machines (team category) and Gokongwei Young Scientists awardee; Tuguegarao Consortium (TCON) National IT Conference for Robotics/Mechatronics Researches Champion; and Angeles City Science High School – Australian Robotics Challenge 2017 bronze medalist for creative technology challenge, and gold medalist for student symposium.
DepEd also recognized Cavite National High School – RoboRAVE Asia 2nd placer, and RoboRAVE Philippines champion for Engineering Report Challenge; Domingo Yu Chu National High School – DokyuBata 2017 national champion and best documentary winner; Camarines Sur National High School – International Science and Engineering Fair 2nd grand awardee in Robotics (Physical Science category); Delegate Angel Salazar Jr. Memorial School – 2nd National Science and Engineering Fair grand champion for Robotics-Engineering category; 2018 Regional Science Olympics winner of Best in Paper and Best Utility for Robotics and Intelligent Machines category (elementary); and Ramon M. Durano Sr. Foundation-Science and Technology Education Center –The 5th World Innovative Technology (WIT) Challenge 1st placer for Sumobot and Innovative Symposium; 2nd placer for Technology Solutions; and 3rd placer for Obstacle Challenge and Innovative Technology.
Other schools that were recognized include the Leyte National High School – Commission on Population (POPCOM) 3rd Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival’s Best Film and Best Screenplay winner; Salug National High School – 16th National Science Quest’s Innovative Robot awardee; Lanao del Norte National Comprehensive High School – 2018 Regional Science and Technology Fair 1st place winner for Robotics and Intelligent Machines category; Davao City National High School – 2019 NSTF’s Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation awardee; Mamali National High School – 2018 National Robotics Competition winner for Sumobot; Jacinto P. Elpa National High School – World Invention Creativity Olympic (WICO) 2018 Best Presentation and Outstanding Creativity and Innovativeness awardee; and ARMM Regional Science High School – AnakTV Sinebata Video Festival and Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children awardee.
Building on the success of its ICT Summits, the first-ever DepEd Cyber Expo culminated recently at the Philippine International Convention Center. Spearheaded by the Office of Undersecretary for Administration (OUA) and the ICT Service (ICTS), the three-day DepEd Cyber Expo was anchored on the theme, “DRIVE 2019: The Digital Rise of Philippine Education.”
“The Cyber Expo serves as a platform for learners, teachers, and administrators to showcase their IT-enabled products, achievements, experiences, best practices, and innovations, and where new finds from all over the world are presented and discussed,” said Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua.
DepEd’s “Cyber Expo” also gathered top-caliber practitioners and experts in the field of ICT and education to facilitate the various learning sessions that demonstrate the latest methods and approaches in education technology; aid learners’ exploration of technological solutions to community problems; link the Fourth Industrial Revolution to learners’ career paths; and explore technological innovations and strategies that will improve the teaching-learning process.