Bolivia at the top of the robotics world

Translated from Spanish.

With a robot to take care of water quality, young sucrenses Fabián Malpartida, Alejandro Núñez, Luis Fernández and Susan Terán set a record for Bolivia in the First Global Challenge, which took place in the USA. The national team was fifth in South America and 103 in the world.

“It is a great feat that for the first time Bolivia has been competing in a world robotics Olympics and being the protagonist in all the rounds,” said Said Perez, coach of the team, at the end of the contest.

This year, the First Global Challenge competition, which took place from 16 to 18 July in the US capital, summoned teams from 163 countries around the world. The contestants, aged between 14 and 17, were to design technologies for access to clean or potable water. “It is estimated that two out of every three people in the world will experience water stress by 2025, a problem that will be solved not only by brilliant minds, but also by leadership and cooperation between countries,” according to the organizers of the event.

The Bolivian team included Luis Ricardo Fernández Durán, Fabián Ignacio Malpartida Negrón and Susan Jhoseline Terán Cruz, high school students from Don Bosco College and Alejandro Núñez Arroyo, from Santa Ana College in the capital. All advised by the engineer Said Eduardo Pérez Poppe, professor of the University San Francisco Xavier, institution that, together with Fancesa, made possible the participation of Bolivia in the First Global Challenge.

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