20 Aug Mexican students take silver in FIRST Global Robotics Olympiad challenge
Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico takes home a silver medal in the Robotics Olympiad after their team showed high performance in the first Global Challenge.
The team, which is made up of Frida Sofía Sosa, Santiago García, Ángel Berdeja, Herman Sánchez and Jorge García, all Tec de Monterrey students, won the Einstein Prize silver medal, which was presented by presidentelect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Ricardo Salinas Pliego, president of Grupo Salinas.
The medal was named after the physicist Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity. The Einstein Prize is awarded to teams whose robot showed a high level of performance in competitions.
Other teams that took part in the challenge were Hungary, Germany, Singapore, Cambodia England, Georgia and Qatar with the robot named Mu’k’a’an, who made it to the quarterfinals.
Among the special guests was Olympic athlete Pita Taufatofua from Tonga who gave a speech while the Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra closed the event. The highlight of the event for many was the surprise visit by group, The Black Eyed Peas.
The event was closed by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who promised to promote science, technology and innovation during his government and underscored the importance of continuing to research, study and work on clean, renewable and alternative energies which “are the future for our country and for the world.”
“We are going to promote these activities a lot. This is the education of the future, this is what will allow us to carry out the changes that are needed in Mexico and in the world,” he said adding “Clean energies are the future for our country. We have to take care of non-renewable energies, fossil fuels.”
The gold medal was awarded to Romania with Poland taking home the bronze.