16 Aug Team Chile in the Robotics World Championship in Mexico
Translated from Spanish.
Team Chile, supported by the “Ingenious: science and technology for all” program and the Fab Lab of the Catholic University is representing the country. On Monday 13, four youth and a mentor traveled to Mexico City to represent the country in the world’s largest juvenile robotics competition.
From August 15 to 18, the FIRST Global Challenge 2018 Robotics World Cup will take place in Mexico City, an event that brings together young people from more than 160 countries to solve energy efficiency problems with robots created by them.
How does it work?
More than a thousand high school and high school students, between 15 and 18 years old, will represent their countries in the competition of the “Energy Challenge”, in favor of a better environment. Each team, consisting of up to five young people, has a standard kit of parts to build a robot capable of feeding power plants to scale and building a transmission network in the most efficient way. To achieve its objective, the teams will make alliances with certain nations and compete with others in various contests that will add points.
In this meeting the participants will apply their technological skills in favor of a better environment. FIRST Global seeks to inspire leadership and innovation in young people, in the fields of science and technology to address the most relevant problems globally and improve the quality of life of society.
“From Ingeniosas we hope that more and more children and, especially, girls will be integrated into STEAM areas, such as robotics. It is an activity that brings together various disciplines such as design, programming, mechanics and mathematical thinking, among others. They work with their hands and from the computer,” explains Maitetxu Larraechea, Ingeniosas program director.
The team that represents Chile is formed by four young people who are part of national robotics teams and a tutor who guides them in the intense process this week.
Macarena Abarca is 16 years old and has been part of several national robotics teams. In Team Chile she is the captain of the team that represents Chile. “Going to a World Cup like First Global Competition is about something bigger than just the competition. We know young people from all over the world who have great initiatives in robotics, “says Macarena. In the last World Cup, Macarena was recognized with the Dean’s List award for promoting robotics teams at a local level.
Valentina Flores is 15 years old and is in the second half of Lynch College in Valparaíso. He is part of the national team Corazón de Chileno and has participated in five international championships. She is the youngest member of Team Chile and will manage the robot in the competition, being the first Chilean woman to take control in an international championship representing Chile. “What I like most about robotics is the possibility of being able to create things from scratch,” says Valentina.
Ignacio Monardes is 16 years old and is in the third half of the Luis Campino School. Ignacio has participated in the robotics workshops of his school for some years and since December he is part of the national robotics team, Los Chilis. “You really learn a lot: to program, to use design programs, to ask for auspices, write and express your ideas well to get what you need,” says Ignacio.
Felipe Madrid is 17 years old, goes in the third half of the San Adrián School. He started to take an interest in robotics a couple of years ago, but it was in the summer of 2018 when he joined the robotics team Corazón de Chileno that he became fascinated with this world.