Honduras places second in the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge in Mexico

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Translated from Spanish.

Honduras represented by Adriana, William, Erick and Maudy

This group of young catrachos, students from schools of the departments of Intibucá and Colón, who have represented Honduras with dignity, obtained the award for the Second Best Robot of this competition, carrying with them the silver medal in this category ” Design and Efficiency ” of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge Awards.

What is not surprising, is that in these activities of utmost importance to youth, do not have the support of the appropriate authorities, however the youth were responsible for putting the best of themselves to give us this joy, Congratulations Team Honduras!

During the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge, a high-profile international robotics competition for high schoolers brought together students from more than 160 nations in the Arena Ciudad de Mexico Ricardo Salinas, president of Grupo Salinas and founding member of FIRST Global, recognized the passion of these young competitors in the creation and driving of robots as  “the best demonstration”  to having a better world through teamwork.

The president of Mexico Peña Nieto opened the event saying, “The talent, creativity and innovative spirit of the young participants will contribute to the better development of our societies.”

FIRST Global, an international non-profit organization that focuses on expanding interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualities, was founded by Dean Kamen, who has dedicated his life to the technology, is the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, and has chosen Mexico to carry out the second edition of the Robotics World Cup, the FIRST Global Challenge.

During the event, close to a thousand young people from different countries of the world, all between 14 and 18 years old, participated with robots that the same participants have created, to perform a series of robotics competitions, in order to test their technological knowledge and ideas to improve the environment. In this edition the theme was “Energy Impact”, so the participants had to solve energy efficiency problems with their robots.

Objectives of the FIRST Global Challenge

FIRST Global, seeking to inspire leadership, innovation and global cooperation, undertook different challenges in which it was sought to find solutions for 14 engineering challenges in the 21st century. These, identified by different academies around the world, forced participants to not only solve their problems, but to help each other, exchanging ideas and materials, offering help to overcome barriers that may arise in terms of knowledge and skills.

For this reason, the organization awarded prizes for various categories:

The FIRST Global Award included the winners of the technological Olympics in general. That is, those who managed to overcome the other teams in the different challenges that were posed. Thus, at the end of the competition alliances were formed between the different teams.

  1. First place, taking the gold, was the alliance Germany, Romania and Singapore
  2. Second, the Colombia, Iceland and Maldives alliance
  3. Third place,  England, Georgia and Qatar

The teams with the highest number of points accumulated during the competition were also awarded:

  1. First place:  Romania

  2. Second place:  Singapore

  3. Third place:  Moldova

Different specific awards were also awarded about different disciplines. From the design of the robots, where the United States took the gold, Honduras obtained silver, and even awards for innovation, unity with other teams, persistence in the face of adversity, awards to institutions for helping the participating teams and even an award of excellence for the performance of the robots during the challenges.

In total there were more than 160 nations  that had representation during this huge event. It is the mission of FIRST Global to inspire innovation and development of science and technology around the world, which is why the robotics world championship will take place every year in a different country. 

More than a competition to demonstrate who is the ” leader” or the “winner ” over other teams,  the work of these nearly 1,000 young people over the past few months has served to inspire and thrill thousands of other people around the world.

Demonstrating to the world that they can communicate, cooperate and share their knowledge and information, even during a competition, the participants are part of that change that we have searched and waited for years.

Hopefully the support from governments and organizations will not stop, to allow them to grow and be better than anyone who came before.

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