A group of students from different high schools in the province of Misiones won the 2019 Robotics Cup, after three days of competition against the robots of the teams representing the rest of the Argentine provinces at the Mary Terán de Weiss Stadium, in the City from Buenos Aires.
The missionary students will travel in October to a world tournament in Dubai where they will present their baptized robot "Julito" in homage to a facilitator teacher who was part of the project and died two weeks before this competition in a road accident while traveling to a robotics competition in Chaco.
The teams of each province designed and programmed their robots under the slogan that they should be able to carry out cleaning tasks in polluted oceans, so "Julito" is a mobile platform capable of detecting elements in its environment and with a lifting platform is capable to pick them up and upload them to different shelves.
The competition was held at the Mary Terán Stadium in Weiss, where a platform of about 16 square meters was the "ocean" in which the robots competed to see which one was able to collect the most pollutants? which were represented by volleyball and golf balls painted orange, which they had to deposit on platforms of different heights.
The captain of the missionary team, Azul Silva, said that "mentoring teachers promoted robotics activities in schools throughout the province and so they were seeing who were the most excited children with the idea to summon us to be part of this team?
Posters with legends like "Passion", "Collaboration", "Logic", "Programming", "Challenges" and "Fun" surrounded the grandstands full of family and friends of the participants who throbbed each game with flags and climate of superclassic football .
With the stories of Osvaldo Príncipi and his detailed detail of the movements of the robots, this contest classified the missionary team to the "Robotics First Global Challenge", the World of the specialty in which young people from 200 countries will compete in October in the city from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The local instance, which circulated in networks with the hashtag # CopaRobótica2019, was organized by the Ministry of Education and Innovation of the city of Buenos Aires and the company Educabot.
Matías Scovotti, CEO and co-founder of Educabot, explained that through this tournament the boys are "creating a community among teenagers and training future technology leaders in the country."
In fact, the contest proposes to use programming and robotics tools to find solutions to global challenges such as pollution in the oceans, and strengthens skills such as creativity, collaboration and teamwork.
This will be the third time that Argentina participates in the Robotics World Cup, in the 2018 edition – held in Mexico City – the national team had a remarkable role: it was in the 13th position of the competition and won the Safety Award.