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Binay hails students competing in world robotics tilt

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Mayor Abigail Binay congratulated the robotics team of Makati High School, Makatrix, for winning the 2024 VEX Robotics Competition Philippine National Championship held at Xavier School in San Juan City last Feb. 24.

As representatives of the Philippines, the Makati High School team will participate in the 2024 VEX Robotics World Championship at the Kay Bailey Hutc hinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas from April 25 to May 3, 2024.

“Makati City is immensely proud of the Makati High School robotics team, Makatrix. You will be representing not only the Philippines, but also our city’s outstanding support for co-curricular and extracurricular activities in technology and innovation,” said Binay.

The Makatrix robotics team, consisting of four Grade 12 Makati High School students specializing in ICT (information and communications technology), will compete in the Over Under Division for students in Grades 6 to 12.

The students—John Ashley Alvarado, Enriquito Yamzon, Brian Bernabe, and Fritz Rivera—will compete against 11,500 teams from 40 countries in over 750 tournaments. They will be accompanied by their Robotics coach, Zernie Pugao.

The VEX Robotics World Championship aims to develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills of students from diverse backgrounds through innovative technologies that encourage technical abilities in programming, critical thinking, and soft skills such as teamwork, collaboration, communication, and time management.

“Makati has financed and endorsed various robotics education programs across public elementary and secondary schools. We have dedicated funds to invest in our students’ talents and potential across various fields of interest. These include school initiatives that promote student collaboration and teamwork on projects they are deeply engaged in—projects and innovations that could transform the future of smart cities,” said Binay.

The city chief executive also acknowledged the parents of the four
students and the school officials for their support.

“We commend the parents of our Robotics champs, their coaches, and the school officials for their support. Once again, our Proud Makatizen students will demonstrate their skills and channel their passion to creating innovative technologies on a global stage,” she said.

Previously, Makati High School’s Makatrix became the champion in the
VEX Regional Championship Over Under Scrimmage on Dec. 9, 2023. The
school’s MAKhina also ranked third in the 2023 Manila VEX Robotics
Competition.

The same school’s robotics team also ranked third in the Robotics Innovative Project in the 14th Sci-Math Interschool Challenge held at De La Salle Integrated School on Mar. 11, 2023.

Makati High School is led by Principal Corazon Caculitan, under the supervision of the Schools Division Office of Makati led by Superintendent Dr. Ma. Evalou Concepcion Agustin.

Editor’s Note: This is an updated article. Originally posted with the headline “Proud mayora! Binay hails Makati HS robotics team.”

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