Some of the winning students and their robotics in Vienna. Some of the winning students and their robots in Vienna.

Team wins 9 medals at RobotChallenge

Veracruz students win medal count at Vienna robotics competition

The prowess of Mexican students in the field of robotics has been put to the test once again on the international stage, and the results are a surprise to no one, not even their competitors.

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A team of nine students from the Poza Rica Institute of Technology (TecNM) in Veracruz participated in the 2016 edition of the RobotChallenge championship and brought home more medals than any other team.

RobotChallenge is one of the biggest competitions for self-made, autonomous and mobile robots worldwide, and is celebrated yearly in Vienna, Austria.

Students Israel Ortiz Hernández, Cristóbal Calva Díaz, Eduardo Bracho Mora, Christian Vázquez Gallar, Luis Cortés Hernández, Jonathan Salcedo Cruz, Alexis Hernández García, Ángel Antonio de la Cruz de Aquino and Abner Juárez Jiménez earned nine medals in total: two gold, four silver and three bronze, more than any other competitor.

Of the 13 categories in the competition, the Mexican students participated in six.

Their biggest local opponent, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), along with teams from Poland, Turkey, Romania and Austria, will be the challengers to beat in the upcoming international matches to be held in Colombia and Ecuador in April.

Enrolled in the engineering careers of mechatronics, mechanics, electronics and computational systems, the students are part of the 200-member TecNM Robotics Club, and are advised and assisted by four faculty members.

In its 2016 edition, RobotChallenge brought together over 2,000 different robots from 56 different countries.

Source: La Jornada (sp)

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  • PintorEnMexico

    This is kind of a conundrum. If their technology is applied to factory work in MEX, it could put some folks out of work when there is already such a surplus of labor. But if their tech is exportable, that would be a good thing for a country that has too little home-grown industry. Hopefully there will be some local R&D cash spent to further develop their ideas while other policy bodies figure out the social stuff….

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