A Pinay 10th grader, an acknowledged genius in youth robotics and the 2019 World Robot Games champion, will hold the first-ever robotic engineering demo-workshop in the country for grade-schoolers using a demo kit she created and programmed herself.
Fifteen-year-old Schealana Aundee R. Villanueva, a product of Diliman Preparatory School and presently a 10th grader in Philippine Science High will use the P100,000 prize money she won as Grand Winner of the nationwide Search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators 2018 to sponsor the event so she could share her knowledge and expertise to young students like herself.
Aundee won the Wyeth award for her very innovative project that uses automation and robotics in farming dubbed “ncreasing Efficiency in Agriculture Through Automated System and Robotics.’’
Aundee, as she is fondly called, told her parents Richie and Linus, she wanted to give back to the country and to the robotics industry which has fascinated her at an early age. She believes that though she has much to learn still, she also knows enough to be able to teach some of the most basic “nitty-gritties” in robotics. It is her way of ensuring the transfer of technology among her peers and to inspire the younger generation.
The objective of the technology camp which Aundee herself has designed is to introduce `budget robotics’ that utilizes affordable and easily available components in making a robot using the Arduino 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.
Fifteen public and private schools were invited to the free one-day demo-workshop held at the DPS in cooperation with Warecats Robotics, a guild Aundee formed with her two sisters KiMalika Schnelle and Schelyn Denelli.
Aundee’s achievements in coding (programming) and robotics include 55 certificates, trophies and and medals garnered in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia during her five years of participating in national and international coding and robotic competitions in different categories. Her robotics competition foray started when she was nine.
Recently she was the first and only Recipient of the Technology Leadership Award during the World Robotic Games 2019 held in Thailand for her outstanding performance in the WRG for five consecutive years. In the same event she also secured the Gold Medal in the Innovative Robot Science Category. During the Mind Museum’s 2019 Manila Mini Maker Faire, not only was she the youngest solo exhibitor but she was also awarded the Organizer’s Choice, a coveted distinction during the event.
And for three consecutive years now, Aundee has bagged the DOST-SEI Youth Excellence in Science Y.E.S. Award for Robotics category and is looking forward to receiving another one next year.
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