A group of six young Panamanians will represent the country in the twenty-first version of the world’s most important robotics competition: “RoboCup“, a contest that promotes research in robotics and artificial intelligence. This international competition will be held from 27 to 31 July 2017 in Nagoya, Japan, and will bring together thousands of RoboCuppers from around the world to demonstrate their expertise in programming, electronics, engineering, and robotics.
The six young people who will represent Panama were the winners of the competition RoboCupJunior Panama 2017, organized by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) and the National Committee of Robotics and Computer Applications, with the purpose of motivating the youth to acquire knowledge on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It also aims to promote technological vocations through the dissemination and development of educational robotics in Panama. The Grand Final of this robotics competition brought together a total of 42 teams from various educational centers nationwide, who demonstrated their skills and programming skills and robotics.
In the National Grand Final of the RoboCupJunior Panama 2017 Competition, the teams that are part of the Panamanian delegation that will travel to Japan were chosen, which is made up of the three teams with the best score of each modality, one of the modality of Online Rescue (RescueLine) and two of the OnStage mode.
The teams that will represent Panama in the RoboCup International Competition are the following:
- OnStage Mode Child Category: Team “Super No Name Bot”, formed by the students Jairo Alfano and Valeria Hernández of the Colegio San Vicente de Paúl in the province of Veraguas.
- Modality OnStage Youth Category: Team “The Eevee Queen”, formed by the young Alejandra Fernández and Shu Lin De León of the Colegio San Vicente de Paúl de Veraguas.
- Online Rescue Mode: Team “I.E.S.J. Lockdown”, made up of students Edgar Ruiz and Arturo Lemos of the San José Episcopal Institute in the province of West Panama.
These three teams will participate in the OnStage and Rescue Modes (RescueLine) of the Junior RoboCup International Competition. This league is an educational initiative that organizes local, regional and international robotics events for primary and secondary students preparing them for the RoboCup International Competition. It also provides an exciting introduction to the world of robotics, new ways to develop technical skills through first-hand experience in electronics, hardware and software development, and teamwork.
In Rescue Mode, the robot must be strong enough and intelligent enough to navigate through multiple obstacles, such as hills and uneven ground, in order to find and move the victim to the evacuation point. Teams must complete eight rounds and a technical interview.
In OnStage Mode, previously called Dance, teams must create a robotic presentation on stage. A variety of technologies can be used to create this presentation. The members of the jury will evaluate the complexity of the robots, their programming and the implementation of the presentation through a technical interview, a demonstration and two rounds.
Dr. Víctor Sánchez Urrutia, National Secretary in Charge of SENCYT, points out that Panama, since 2014, has been a member of the RoboCupJunior International Federation and has been represented by Panamanian delegations in the Junior League in the last four international competitions.
We are proud to see that, for the fourth consecutive year, our country will be represented by talented young people, who will do their utmost to leave the name of Panama high in the RoboCup Robotics Competition. We hope these students, through their performance, continue to elevate our country’s position in the world rankings.
In 2016, the youngsters who represented the country in the RoboCup 2016 International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, climbed more than 10 positions compared to the performance of previous years competitions held in China and Brazil.
The RoboCupJunior Panama 2017 Competition is sponsored by companies: 123EDU S.A., EduPan, Banco Nacional de Panama, Labtech, Interoceanic Cement, Safe Solutions, Like magazine, Tinkerall, 3TECH, NATIONBITS and E-ducativa.
The RoboCupJunior Panama 2017 Competition is organized by SENACYT, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the National Committee of Robotics and Computer Applications, which is composed of the University of Panama (UP), the Technological University of Panama (UTP) The Universidad Católica de Santa María la Antigua (USMA), the University of the Americas (UDELAS), the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG), the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology, Innovation and Telecommunications (CAPATEC) ), And the IEEE Panama Section.
María Alejandra Almillátegui
For more information visit SENACYT