DOST to pilot mechatronics, robotics in Leyte-A A +A
Thursday, January 17, 2013
THE provincial office of the Department of Science and Technology (Dost) in the province of Leyte is set to pilot a program in five selected public schools in the province for mechatronics and robotics.
Glen Ocaña, provincial director of Leyte-Dost, said they are to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) in selecting five public schools in five congressional districts in Leyte where they will put the mechatronics and robotics center.
However, Ocaña clarified that they are still waiting for the approval and funds of the said project which they are hoping to be provided to them this year, while DepEd still needs to train teacher or their staff who could manned said center.
“Our requirement to them is for the public school to have a computer laboratory and to have staff that is willing to be trained,” Ocaña said.
Mechatronics and robotics are important to be taught among students, according Ocaña, as it is one of the trending topics and subject for in school abroad wherein a year robotics competition is held every year abroad.
Mechatronics is explained as a multi-displinary between mechanical, electronics and computer engineering while robotics can be considered as part of mechatronics as it involves these mechanical, electronics and computer engineering fields. The main difference is inputs are “provided” to mechatronics systems whereas robotics systems “acquire” inputs by their own.
“Although Philippine Science High School could provide this knowledge to our students and they send students abroad to compete but they took part on a different competition,” Ocaña explained.
Ocaña added that teaching mechatronics and robotics to school age children will enhance their competitiveness and creativity and at the same could equip graduates in the knowledge of new technology as mechatronics and robotics are used in the automation system.
“While we are promoting the capability of our students in computer programming we will also start in promoting our students capability in robotics,” he added. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)