SENA youth win silver medal in the world’s most important robotics competition

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Translated from Spanish.

Omar García Falla, Natalia Charry Vargas and Bryant Hernández Perdomo designed and built a robot to generate clean energy and combat climate change. Their prototype represented Colombia in the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge competition and took second place.

When Omar García Falla, Natalia Charry Vargas and Bryant Hernández Perdomo decided to make a robot to generate clean energy and combat climate change, they did not imagine that with their idea they would represent Colombia in the most important robotics Olympics in the world. They did not imagine either that at their young age, they are all under 20 years old, they would get second place in the competition, surpassing world powers in technology such as China, Japan and South Korea. 

The prototype, built in the scientific laboratories of the Seine in Neiva, Huila, and designed to turn wind turbines and transport solar panels, won the silver medal in the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge competition, which was held last week in Mexico City. 

During the event, nearly 1000 young people from all corners of the world presented projects that aimed to apply technological knowledge to combat pollution and global warming.  

Against all odds, the Colombian robot competed and exceeded the creations of more than 150 countries in a series of tests and challenges developed on a special track for several rounds of two and a half minutes each.

According to SENA executives, the participation of the three young Colombians in this competition was an opportunity to “demonstrate to the world the work that the entity leads when it comes to bringing science, technology and innovation to all corners of the country.”

“I am pleased to be part of this delegation that showed that in Colombia, from a very young age, we are interested in topics such as technology, research and robotics,” said Natalia Charry, 16, an apprentice at the Neiva Technoacademy and part of the winning delegation.

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