15 Teams from all over Spain participated in the V Final of the 'ASTI Robotics' Challenge
The teams Maradonix, of the Comuneros de Castilla Secondary School of Burgos, and EO Tech, of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, were the winners of the V Final of the ASTI Robotics Challenge in the first level (high school students and mid-level vocational training students) and second level (higher-level vocational training students, university students, and makers), respectively.
The event put 15 teams to test at the Burgos Human Evolution Museum (MEH), having been organized by the ASTI Foundation (www.astifoundation.com) with the collaboration of ASTI Mobile Robotics, Obra Social La Caixa, and PPG as strategic partners. The competitors tested out the robots they had built in a variety of situations to verify their quality and capabilities.
During the awards ceremony, Roberto Ranz, Director of the ASTI Talent & Tech Foundation, congratulated the winners of the contest and all the participants "for such a well-done job." He continued, "I hope this will especially serve as an experience for you to learn and to foster your interest in technology and robotics.”
This competition, which once again put Burgos at the epicenter of robotics, was held in a hybrid way. It had an initial online phase in which the participants took part in the challenges from their homes, doing so by means of videos, putting their creativity and inventiveness to the test. Afterwards, the final round took place at the MEH. “We are pleased that the V Edition of the ASTI Robotics Challenge was able to take place in person, with the pertinent preventative measures being complied with as required by the health authorities. Education and innovation are two of our hallmarks. The MEH is always open to help out with any activities aimed at promoting talent and scientific vocation among the young; in this case, in the technological field,” said Gonzalo de Santiago, Head of Communication at the Human Evolution Museum.
The contest brought together a total of 73 teams of different levels from eleven educational centers spread throughout four autonomous communities in Spain. 135 participants competed in the first category, while the second category involved 33 students.
The ASTI Robotics Challenge is a contest whose main objective is the development of STEM talent and the training of a new generation of leaders in the field of collaborative mobile robotics. Its methodological approach (Project Based Learning) and the maker culture (Do It Yourself), allows participants to demonstrate, in a practical way, their abilities to design and build a mobile robot while disseminating their work over multiple channels and competing with other teams in a final tournament in which they have to overcome different challenges designed by the R&D&I team at ASTI Mobile Robotics.