Mexicans win second place in world robotics competition

Mexicans won the silver award In the Einstein awards category.

By Redacción MNN Monday, August 20, 2018 comments

A team of five Mexican students achieved the silver medal at the Einstein Awards of the FIRST Global Challenge, a robotics competition where young people from 190 countries participated in Mexico City.

This year’s competition was focused on Energy Impact, so the participants were tasked with designing and operating robots that could operate power plants at scale, activate sustainable energy sources and develop an electrical transmission network.

During the closing ceremony the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador congratulated the Mexican team and emphasized the importance of renewable energy.

“We have to leave the new generations with oil and gas and not squander those resources. That is why innovation is very important and to continue investigating, studying, working on clean, renewable energies, alternatives such as wind energy, solar energy and others. That is why science, technology, innovation and robotics are so very important.”

In the Einstein prize category, the gold winners were the Romanians and the Poles won the bronze medal.

In their final participation in the competition, the Mexican team partnered up with  allies Hungary and Cambodia to face England, Georgia and Qatar, a team that won third place in the global group competition.

The Mexicans played 10 rounds of games with 30 nations in different teams. The national delegation was made up of Frida Sosa, Angel Berdeja, Herman Sánchez, Santiago García and Jorge García. They are high school and undergraduate students from Mexico City and Chihuahua.

The Black Eyed Peas closed the event with ‘Where is the love’ and ‘Boom Boom Pow’, accompanied by drones provided by Intel.