BUGALLON – “Train up a child in the way he should go…”
While most kids today use electronic devices like smart phones and tablets and others spend time outdoors for play, Janwyne’s parents and teachers recalled how he loved making paper robots before he actually had the interest in joining robotic competitions.
A total of 1,200 Asian teams including Malaysia, Singapore, Bhutan, Thailand and the Philippines joined and competed in different categories such as basic, 1kg, 3kg and 5kg at the 2019 World Robot Games on August 29-31 at Diamond Hall, Rangsit Mall, Patunthani, Bangkok, Thailand.
Janwyne Aaron U. Cruz, a grade six pupil at Bugallon Kidsworld Academy Inc. here is one of the Philippine Robotics Team who not only represented the country, but gave pride and recognition to it.
He engaged in the four categories with his sumobot – a robot who plays like a sumo wrestler.
In a PUNCH interview with the school principal, Jamaica Marie S. Calicdan explained how they started joining such contests. She said it started with a school-based workshop last year after they received the accreditation from the Department of Education and Data Science Technology. Fortunately, parents supported their children in that field of study.
Janwyne recalled that since grade 5, he’s been attending workshops and started winning. His parents and the school supported him and his partner, John Paulo T. Sorio in World Robot Games 2018 in Tagaytay and in St. Peter School Manila for the Summer Sumo Games and Youth Robotics Competition where they got gold.
During his recent competition, the School’s Directress, Elisea S. Calicdan, said they’ve been really loud in cheering and praying for the win as it is never easy competing in the international level.
As prayed for, he earned a bronze medallion as one of the Overall Performance Awardees.
His mom, Rosalinda U. Cruz, said, “Congratulations for doing your best in every competition. Win or lose in any game, in our heart you’re the champion. Joining in any competition is not just skill to enhance but the attitude and the experiences gained. Keep up the good work and always be the best.”
Despite his participation in competitions, he maintains his academic performance and is considered one of the achievers in school. And now that he’s about to move up for junior high school, he said he will continue to develop his talent in robotics.
Indeed, “when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (Melody Valenton)
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