A carpenter from Denmark who made wooden toys by the name of Ole Kirk Christiansen founded his business in 1934 and named it “Lego” derived from the Danish phrase leg godt [lɑjˀ ˈkʌt], which means "play well".  And indeed, our Claret Robotics team played well in the recent 12th First Lego League national competition.   Twenty- four teams from all over the Philippines participated in this annual event, setting up a new record on the number of participants after more than 2 years of no face-to-face competitions due to Covid-19 restrictions. The event was held at SM Cyber Zone Annex, SM North EDSA, Quezon City on February 10-11, 2023.

This year’s theme was “Super Powered” Challenge where students did research and presented alternative sources of energy. All FIRST® programs were built on a foundation of Core Values, applying teamwork and discovery to explore the challenge. 

Out of the 5 major awards at stake, the Claretian roboticists bagged one championship medal and two Finalists Awards.



The CSQC team received the Robot Design Finalist Award. This award is given to the team that uses outstanding programming principles and solid engineering practices to develop a robot that is mechanically sound, durable, efficient, and highly capable of performing challenge missions.



The team also received the Innovation Project Finalist Award.  This award is given to a team that utilizes diverse resources for their Innovation Project to help them gain a comprehensive understanding of their problem, have a creative, well-researched solution, and effectively communicate their findings to the judges and the community.


(This is the team’s entry for the Innovation Project)


The team came up with a very good presentation showing their entry to the judges. They discussed several renewable energy sources such as the hydroelectric power plant, a vegetable cold storage, a battery powered car, windmill and a solar power system that moves along with the sun as it rises in the east and make its way to the west across the sky.  The team also did well in the question-and-answer portion. The team demonstrated teamwork and discovery in exploring the challenges while having fun working together. They showcased their team’s amazing work on Robot Design that identified strategies to complete missions. 

Out of twenty-four teams Claret School of Quezon City Robotics Team won the Best in Core Values Award. This award is given to a team that displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, knows they can accomplish more together than they could as individuals, and shows each other and the other teams respect at all times. The Claretians  truly lived up to the School motto “SCIENTIA MAXIME CUM VIRTUTE” (Knowledge is best with Virtue)!


The Core Values Award


(The team with Fr. Mauricio “Mau” T. Ulep, CMF, School Director)


(The team with the School Principal Mrs. Razerly D. Ibañez, MAEd, Mr. Allan M. Sebastian Asst. Principal, Junior High School, and Mrs. Maria Joselyn M. Nullar, Asst. Principal for Nursery to Grade 6)


(The team with Fr. Eduardo P. Ricaborda, CMF, the Finance Administrator and Mr. Danilo V. Lemi, School Registrar)



The team composed of Grade School and High School Claretians namely,  Railey Royce T. Ballentos, John Peter D.Manalo, Vince Reiner B. Cambri, Liam Julio Todoc, Dominic Aaron III V. Elayda, Nathan L. Baylon,  and Benedict P. Ramos, proved that genuine innovation comes with team values and collaboration as it recognizes with gratitude the assistance of Venice Cambri, Samantha Mislang and Princess Gabrielle Cecillano in the Innovation Project. Likewise, with the unconditional love and wholehearted support of the their parents and guardians, the team members find joy in reaping all the rewards of their efforts.



CSQC also treasures the team coach, Mr. Roxan Ruchillo S. Cosico, whose leadership and accompaniment prompted success stories in the history of the Claret Robotics Team. #ScientiaMaximeCumVirtute