Makati’s Pitogo High School secures 4-peat championship in National Robotics tilt

Makati's Pitogo High School National Robotics tilt
Pitogo HS students and their coach pose for their group photo. DOST photo.

Pitogo High School in Makati City has secured its fourth successive championship win in the Tagisang Robotics Philippine national competition.

Pitogo HS now has a total of 4 Tagisang Robotics championships:

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  • Best Team, 2022
  • Best Team, 2019
  • Best Team, 2014 (last run before 2019)
  • Best Team and Best Rookie Team, 2013

The Tagisang Robotics: Design. Build. Play 2022 finals on May 27 used a hybrid format where participating teams were allowed to upload their previously tested codes remotely, to autonomously run the robot on site and fulfill the task of efficiently delivering the colored pallets to the designated positions on the playing field in the shortest possible time.

Pitogo High School bested competitors with a total score of 3,000 points after recording the shortest time to complete the final task to sense, lift and deliver colored pallets to their designated places on the playing field.

This new game format heralds an innovative way of delivering technology-based contests amid challenges f remotely located participants.

Here are the winners of the Tagisang Robotics 2022:

  1. 1st Place – Pitogo High School composed of students Allen Reilan Bustamante, Nathan Enzo Saludo, Rose Nelyn Andalajao, and Gaudy Lhuan Macato won PHP 120,000 cash grant and a trophy. Their coach, Florante Ferrer, one of the veteran coaches of the competition won the PHP 30,000 cash award.
  2. 2nd Place – Caloocan National Science and Technology High School (CalNatSci) secured the 2nd place or first runner-up spot with 2,800 points. Students of CalNatSci Angelo Paolo Atip, Gabriel Peter Pacoma, Danielle Faye Alba, Anjae Maria Bejerano bagged a trophy and PHP 80,000 cash grant. The team coach of the first runner-up receives PHP 20,000.
  3. 3rd Place – Taguig City Science High School finished in 3rd place or the second runner-up title with 2,600 points. Taguig City Science HS students Jaisa Julene Mataac, Julyenne Alexander Borais, Steven Andrei Fontiveros, and Anastacia Freyja Cabugon received PHP 40,000 cash and a trophy. The coach of the second runner-up receives PHP 10,000 cash prize.

Rizal National Science High School bagged the special award of Most Valuable Team after garnering the highest combined scores from the qualifying heat matches held in series before the final match. Through these matches, the Top 8 finalists were selected and allowed to compete in the hybrid championship game.

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has been conducting the Tagisang Robotics since 2011 to ignite the interest of high school students in robotics and for them to discover their potential in the fields of engineering and information technology.

“Potential is something that is always there especially when talking about the Filipino youth. The only challenge is on how we can hone and harness it, and make sure that effective programs are implemented for it to be realized, “ said DOST-SEI’s Chief of the Science and Technology Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division, Dr. Ruby R. Cristobal.

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