On Saturday 6th April, the Museum of Human Evolution (MEH) will once again become the epicentre of Spanish mobile robotics by hosting the third edition of the ASTI Robotics challenge, organised by ASTI Talent & Tech Foundation in collaboration with the Museum of Human Evolution (MEH), ASTI Mobile Robotics and Obra Social La Caixa as strategic partners.
On Saturday morning, a total of 67 finalist teams comprising over 300 participants from Castilla-León, Madrid, Asturias, Cantabria and Hungary will compete to demonstrate their skills in the field of robotics, passing different tests designed by the ASTI Mobile Robotics R,D&I team. The participating teams are split into two categories. On one side, 56 teams of high school pupils between 14 and 18 years old and in intermediate vocational training, and, on the other side, 11 teams of university students, students in higher level vocational training and DIY enthusiasts.
The tests will be held in the museum’s assembly hall, on the second floor, and in the entrance hall, and can be attended free of charge between 10am and 3pm.
The aim of this free competition is to develop STEM talent and to empower the new generation of leaders in the field of collaborative mobile robotics. By adopting the Project Based Learning methodological approach and DIY culture, participants have built their own mobile robot, announced their projects on social media, and on Saturday, the selected teams, from a total of 90 that entered, will compete in the final tournament.
The teams will present their projects to the 15 members of the judging panel, made up of top-level professionals in the field of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, including Verónica Pascual (CEO of ASTI TechGroup), Sara Gómez (Director of Mujer e Ingeniería [Women in Engineering]), Mariella Graziano (Director of Space Systems and Robotics at GMV), Luis Ignacio Vicente (Return on Innovation Manager & Director of Telefonica Patent Office), Manuel Bermejo (Co-founder of The Family Advisory Board), Ángel Bombín (Data Analytics Manager at Sonae Arauco), Pablo Oliete (Founder of FOM), Antonio Fernández (CEO of ASTI Consulting Services), Víctor Baz (Director of ASTI Mobile Robotics), Emma Fernández (Member of Management Board at ASTI TechGroup), María Gonzalez (Managing Director of Products at Accenture for Spain, Portugal and Israel), José Luis Casal (Co-founder of Talk2Us), Roberto Ranz (Director of the ASTI Foundation), Tomás González (Marketing, Business Development & Partnership Director at Kabel), María del Pilar González García (Director General of Educational Innovation and Equality at the Castilla-León Local Government).
24 referees and over 100 volunteers comprising ASTI Mobile Robotics partners and students from the STEM Talent Girl project will make this event possible, where over 1,500 people are expected to attend between 9am and 3pm this Saturday. As well as the official competition, and as the main change to this third edition, an educational space has been designed with Obra Social la Caixa, where inclusive robotics workshops will be held, with the participation of different NGO’s and third sector associations, including the High Capacity Multiple Intelligences Association of Castilla-León (IMACCYL), Red Cross, ABUDAH, and Caritas.