Polytechnics will represent Mexico in a global robotics competition

After obtaining the Inspire Award at the national stage, the highest recognition of the First Tech Challenge, a group of students from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) will attend the global robotics competition in Houston, Texas, to be held from the 15th to the 21st. of April.

IPN students get the Inspire Award at the national stage, and will participate in the First Tech Challenge robotics competition in Houston, Texas. Photo: @IPN_MX
IPN students get the Inspire Award at the national stage, and will participate in the First Tech Challenge robotics competition in Houston, Texas. Photo: @IPN_MX

Named Donk Pink, the team is composed of students from the Center for Scientific and Technological Studies (CECyT) 9 'Juan de Dios Bátiz', faced 24 groups from different educational institutions in the country, on January 21 at ITAM, reported the coach and academician of the campus, Irving Pérez Montes.

The polytechnics of the careers in Programming, Digital Systems and Machines with Automated Systems perfected the robot with which they triumphed in the regional stage. Nadia Salinas Hernández explained that they implemented the NASA methodology of Systems Engineering, with which they strengthened the testing engineering and the mechanical, programming, business administration and electronic works.

In this regard, Jorge Alvarado Ramos said that "beyond building a robot are also involved aspects such as an engineering book (log of work), social aspects and a business plan, so it can be said that it is like building a Mini company. These elements allowed us to win. "

He added that "the national stage was our first experience and we did not think we would get that far, but as the process developed, our spirit grew and we put more effort and soul. Now we are here and we believe that we are going to go even further. "

The polytechnics aspire to demonstrate that there is talent and scientific, technological and innovation capacity in the country. "We think that success is the combination of opportunity and effort. We want to show that to all the people who will participate in the contest. I am sure that we will shout a "huélum" in front of many countries that will be represented in the World Cup, "said Franco Durán Rivera.

Donk Pink is composed of the students Fernanda Monter Ortiz, Jorge Alvarado Ramos, Claudia Alonso Almeida, Nely García García, Emilio Gutiérrez Martínez, Antonio Castañeda Gutiérrez, Nadia Salinas Hernández, Valentina Cabrera Gutiérrez, Carla Martínez Ortega, Daniel Degollado Cortés, Silvia Maldonado Silva , Ian Rojas Gómez and Lía Aragón Arellano, in addition to the mentor-students Khalil Corona Torres, José Espinosa Bautista and Franco Durán Rivera. Also participating are the coach Benjamín González Genis and the academic, Irving Pérez Montes.

It should be noted that the First Tech Challenge aims to disseminate science, technology, engineering and mathematics among students, between 16 and 18 years old, through the challenge of design, construction, programming and direction of an autonomous robot.