Cuyo Noticias: A team of Argentine students participates in the 2020 FIRST Global Challenge Robotics Event

Cuyonoticias | Digital journalism

(Translated from Spanish.)

There are 6 adolescents from schools in Greater Buenos Aires, coordinated by Educabot, the Argentine partner of FIRST Global.

The team is developing an automatable device for everyday tasks and competes with more than 150 countries in weekly challenges using programming, animation and 3D design tools.

The national delegation of six students between the ages of 15 and 17 competes with more than 150 countries in weekly challenges. They are developing an automatable device for everyday tasks and working on joint projects with other countries, such as Kenya and Bolivia. The competition, which is virtual this year, began in July and the winners will be known in three weeks.

In this contest, participants must overcome different challenges that invite them to use their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to devise solutions that offer social, inclusive and awareness-raising improvements to problems in everyday life. To face the scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition of the FIRST Global Challenge is 100% digital.

Educabot is the Argentine partner of First Global Challenge and for four years has coordinated and accompanied the team of boys that represents the country. In 2019 it organized the Robotics Cup, a competition in which 24 teams from all provinces participated. In that instance, the Misiones team turned out to be the one that represented Argentina in the FIRST Global Challenge.

This year, due to the circumstances caused by the pandemic, a team of outstanding students from Aula Maker, Educabot’s educational innovation proposal for primary and secondary schools, was selected. The team is made up of six students between the ages of 15 and 17 from Colegio Lucero Norte de Pilar and Escuela CIMDIP & Miguel Cané de Quilmes, who had already been working with robotics and programming at their institutions.

Currently the Argentine team is developing an automatable device for daily tasks. In addition, he works on joint projects with the Kenyan and Bolivian teams. This year the motto of the FIRST Global Challenge is “Connect Communities. Learn, innovate and make a change. All together” and one of the objectives is that young people can spread their ideas with other countries to exchange knowledge in a collaborative experience.

“In this very particular year, the FIRST Global Challenge had to be reconfigured and also our mode of participation, since we could not organize the Robotics Cup. From Educabot we work permanently with workshops and developments for the education sector, which allowed us, together with our teachers and the directors of the schools that use Aula Maker, to select a group of students with excellent performance to represent us. We accompany and mentor them throughout the process because for us it is essential to continue promoting these initiatives, ”says Matías Scovotti, CEO and Co-founder of Educabot.

The 2020 FIRST Global Challenge started in July and ends on September 26. Throughout the weeks a series of challenges of different duration and complexity are proposed where points are added. Each team received an official robotics kit to assemble devices according to the instructions using programming, animation and 3D design tools. The competition is aimed at getting participants involved with technology by identifying everyday problems in their countries. It also aims to raise awareness about social causes, environmental issues, gender parity and the importance of robotics and STEM disciplines to improve the world.



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