Everyone is fascinated by robots – from Transformers’ Autobots to Star Wars’ R2-D2. Now, imagine programming and assembling a robot of your own. Would that not be more fascinating?

Just this school year, Ateneo de Davao Junior High School (AdDU-JHS) incorporated Robotics into the Information Technology (IT) curriculum.

Developing a new skill which opens up a new continuous and endless road of possibilities – that’s what the inclusion of Robotics brings to the current learning field. Possibly in the future, robots, both manually and automatically operated, will perform tasks in behalf of students, teachers, and staff. A student can program a robot to organize and accomplish tasks in school, or to aid the teacher in marking the papers – the possibilities are endless!

Francis Donald Bendor, the IT Subject Area Coordinator, explained the importance of Robotics in our society. “Robotics is important because of the dawning of technology. Many companies would benefit from employing robots. Robots, compared to humans, provide more precision, efficiency, and operate on less costs,” he said.

Grades 7 and 8 will have on quarter of Robotics for the school year. While Grades 9 and 10 will understudy this subject during the first and fourth quarters.

The inclusion of Robotics in the curriculum has received mixed reactions from the student body. Carl June Naraiso, a Grade 10 student, stated “assembling a robot needs a lot of precision. Even the slightest movement of the parts and barriers can change the whole activity of the robot. Overall, it’s quite easy and fun.”

With the dawn of the new age of technology just around the corner, the inclusion of Robotics into the curriculum is a great way for the students of AdDU-JHS to be advocates of change in this world through innovation. It gives them a new platform to voice out their ideas, to apply more concretely some of the principles they have learned in Science and Math, and to design innovations that lead to making tasks easier and more efficient in the future.

(Original article by Louie Tulipas)
Published in The Blue Knight Vol. 69 No. 1 June-October 2017

The Blue Knight is the official student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University Junior High School (AdDU-JHS) and a member of the National Secondary Schools Press Conference (NSPC).