Bearing the theme "Learning. More Fun in the Philippines!," this activity aims to promote the Philippines as the next learning hub of Asia, to encourage kids to make a difference using technology, to discover young IT experts of this generation and to inspire kids be proud of their talents, school, and country.
Key government officials, including Senator Rene Saguisag, Department of Education (DepEd) Br Armin Luistro, FSC and Department of Trade (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez were invited as resource speakers to the event. They stressed the importance of their positions with the marching order of finding ways to develop a new generation of science and technology-savvy graduates who are expected to bring the nation to new levels of economic progress.
"We would like to encourage kids to excel using their learning styles and thrive in the 21st century. Our goal is to open doors for them so they can network with the best and brightest in the country and the rest of the world," says Eton International School President Dr. Jacqueline Marzan Tolentino.
iKIDS Challenge showcased IT skills of students in the following categories: (a) Digital Painting: Grade School 1-3 (6-9 yrs old)--kids create an art form using digital tools such as MS Paint; (b) Digital Art: Grade School 4-6 (10-12 yrs old)--kids make a contemporary artistic work using digital technology and apply adobe Photoshop skills and techniques; (c)Video Editing: 1st and 2nd Year High School (13-16 yrs old)--kids manipulate segments of animated graphic/video footage, special effects and sound recordings to make a multi-media presentation; and (d)Web Design: 3rd and 4th Year High School (13-6 yrs old)-- conceptualize and create a website involving graphic designs and interactive elements.
Winners and finalists of different categories were given monetary awards, trophies and certificates.
Learning is indeed more fun in the Philippines as Eton Int'l was officially launched that day as the first 3D school in the Philippines. Eton is an academic institution engaged in K-12 education. Branded as school of the future," Eton provides a school where learning is more continuous, more relevant, and more adaptive. Classrooms are outfitted with the latest in interactive technology but school climate is homey--with diverse community members building congenial relationships on a green and spacious school grounds. Its mission is to make International Education accessible to all.