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Young robotics champ to hold free workshop


At least 15 private and public schools are invited to a robotics demonstration-workshop organized by a 10th grader who had won a search for young innovators.

At the age of just 15, Philippine Science High School-Main Campus 10th grader Schealana Aundee Villanueva, fondly called Aundee, will be using her winnings from a local competition to share her expertise with her fellow students, according to a press statement.

Schealana Aundee Villanueva with her cat and robots. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In last year’s Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators, Aundee was named grand winner and won P100,000 for her agricultural project titled, “Increasing Efficiency in Agriculture Through Automatized System and Robotics.”

According to Wyeth, Aundee designed a cost-effective and adaptable system that aims to minimize water consumption in agriculture, as well as automatize farming.

Aundee told her parents Richie and Linus she wanted to give back to the country and to the robotics industry, which had fascinated her at an early age.

Her robotics competition foray started when she was nine. Her achievements in coding and robotics include 55 certificates, trophies and medals garnered from local and international competitions for the past five years.

On August 31, Aundee had also become the lone recipient of the Technology Leadership Award during the World Robot Games, which was held in Thailand; while during this year’s Manila Mini Maker Faire, being the youngest solo exhibitor, she was also awarded the Organizer’s Choice.

In addition, she won the Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute Youth Excellence in Science Award for Robotics for three consecutive years.

Aundee believes that though she has much to learn still, she knows enough to be able to teach some of the most basic nitty-gritties in robotics. It is her way of ensuring transfer of technology among her peers and to inspire the younger generation.

Aundee’s technology camp is designed to show affordable and available components in making robots with the use of an open-source platform.

Participants will be shown how to build an autonomous robotic car as they learn basic programming skills, embedded systems, and the basics in designing and assembling an autonomous robotic vehicle.

The workshop will be held at the Diliman Preparatory School in cooperation with Aundee’s guild, Warecats Robotics.

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Today’s Front Page February 24, 2020

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