17 Jul VeneBot Robotics Team will represent Venezuela in the FIRST Global Challenge Robotics World Championship, to be held in Mexico
Translated from Spanish.
The theme of the competition this year has to do with the “Energy Impact” and the teams must build a robot that fulfills different functions that simulate the operation of solar and power plants that, by making chain reactions, give energy access to communities that have problems accessing these technologies.
The Venezuelan team that will compete in the FIRST Global Challenge 2018 is made up of engineer Kenny Urdaneta Matos as Founder, technical mentor and Team Leader, and Engineering students: Emanuel Andrade as technical mentor, Samuel Paz, Kent Urdaneta and José Daniel Ramírez as robot operators. All natives of Maracaibo, Zulia state.
Following the controversial political situation that exists in Venezuela, Venezuelans have received great technical support from teams around the world; as the Mexican team that has provided all the help to the national team, so that its development during the competition is as optimal as it was last year.
Likewise, teams from different universities in Mexico such as Tigrebotics, Robotrojans STEAMex and Desert Eagles, have also offered their support to jointly develop sustainable energy plans to be executed in Venezuela.
Kenny Urdaneta Matos, founding engineer of the team, is in Mexico making the preliminary preparations for the arrival of the other members of VeneBot Robotics. Recently he had the opportunity to present everything related to the 2nd participation of Venezuela in the FIRST Global Challenge 2018, at the Venezuelan embassy in Mexico City, receiving a positive response from the Venezuelan ambassador Maria Lourdes Urbaneja and the First Secretary Omar Corredor. During the team’s participation in the 2017 World Cup they also received support from the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington DC
It is the only Venezuelan competitive robotics team that contends on an international scale in the FIRST Tech Challenge, Battlebots and FIRST Global modalities. The team was born in Maracaibo on October 16, 2016 at the initiative of Engineer Kenny Urdaneta Matos, after winning accreditation from the International FIRST Committee Association, an organization founded by Dean Kamen; inventor of the Segway and other inventions that today are for everyday use.
This team competed in July 2017 in the city of Washington DC USA in the inaugural edition of the FIRST Global Challenge Robotics World Cup, which brought together more than 150 countries, thus providing the opportunity to young people from many countries of the world the opportunity to experiment and be able to measure one another in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
After this experience, Kenny Urdaneta decided to formalize the team and achieved permanent accreditation by the International FIRST Commitee Association to be the representative of Venezuela in these global scale competitions.
Kenny Urdaneta Matos, 22 years old, was a student at the Colegio República de Venezuela graduated in the XXX promotion. He studied Engineering at the Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín University in Maracaibo and today he is an Electronics Engineer graduated from that institution. Being a student, he participated in the first Global FIRST Global. In the Republic of Venezuela School presented home-made robots worked with different physical methods and objects of daily use.
Urdaneta Matos is grateful to the institution for being the cradle of their projects along with the support of their teachers Eleazar Navas, Sonia Espósito and Jonathan Calderas, and his advisor Engineer José María Arismendi, who received support for several training activities such as presenting his first robots and thus start his ideas in the city of Boconó, Trujillo state in 2011.
It is expected that for this year they will be competing in the international robotics competition Reto del Pacífico that will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador and is organized by the Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL).