MCM Robotics Lab: Best in the country

Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) has forged a partnership with C&E Educational Solutions Group, Arduino, and LJCreate to become the first school in the Philippines to feature the Internet Of Things or iOT-enhanced Engineering construction kit and CTC101 Creative Technologies in its new Robotics Laboratory. 

Engr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, MCM executive vice president and chief operations officer, said the acquisition of C&E MAKERCE, Arduino, and LJCreate equipment is “a testimony of MCM’s commitment to provide its students world-class, excellent, and relevant tools for active learning. MCM students will be much benefited by being the first in the Philippines to utilize these tools to enhance even further their critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative skills”. 

Maestrecampo said the world-acclaimed active learning solutions are tailored to provide a comprehensive learning program for MCM students wherever they are in their educational journey towards learning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) applications. 

Recently, MCM Malayan Colleges Mindanao held an interactive Tech Boot Camp which attracted 75 students from Davao and nearby cities. 

Abigail Joy Rodelas-Angelia, MCM Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Director of the Learning Environments and Innovations, said that the purpose of the activity is for students to be able to experience the use of the new robotics equipment called Arduino CTC101 and the LJCreate. 

During the MCM Tech Boot Camp, students were given kits and instructions to follow. At the end of the workshop, there were give a random contest that challenged their creativity and ability to collaborate with others. 

“It is a competition at the end of the workshop. Actually a challenge — a surprise to the students”, Rodelas-Angelia shared. “However, it is us who always end up surprised of the projects they come up with”, Rock Raymund Frias, Makerce Personal Storage Table (PSTS) Unit Head, said. 

For Frias, this kind of activity (workshop) is very experiential. “Not only do we allow them first dibs on the newest equipment and robotics tech, but we further encourage them to test their skills,” he said. 

MCM’s faculty boasts of the technical expertise to guide students, whether newbies or experienced, in programming and designing solutions.

The equipment will be used by MCM Senior High School, Engineering, and Computer Science students to bolster their skills in solving real-world problems using a combination of programming and design skills.