Forty-four pupils and six teachers attended the robotics and intelligent machines training at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Center in Bacolod City over the weekend.
They formed the initial batch of students and teachers in the Third District, and the training was initiated by the provincial government.
The Negrense Robotics Program and Exhibits that the province launched last week was the first government-run robotics center in the country.
Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator of NOLITC, said yesterday that the training reinforced the importance of providing a robotics hub for the pupils.
“It was the first time that the kids were exposed to robots because they don’t have robots in their schools. They were all amazed at the robots and were very eager to manipulate the machine," she said.
She added that the pupils also learned how to code and solve problems given by the teachers.
Orbecido said the long-term goal of the program is to find innovative ways to find solutions to problems, such as disasters, garbage wastes, and water crisis.
“Education should address the problem in society,” she added.
Those who attended the training on Saturday were 15 pupils and five teachers from E.B. Magalona Elementary School, and five pupils each from Tanza Elementary School and Alicante Elementary School, all in E.B. Magalona, while those who participated in the training the following day were the 24 pupils and a teacher from the Silay South Elementary School in Silay City.*
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