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RetoTech Endesa Foundation recognises the work of young entrepreneurs

Betting on young talent and innovation through technology is the basis of the RetoTech awards, which assess the best technological projects of the participating schools.

Students participating in RetoTech

“Being able to give to other people what they don’t have and what we take for granted every day, inspires us to create more projects like this one”. These are the words of María Ramiro, from the Colegio Europeo de Madrid, one of the 700 students that took part in the second edition of the RetoTech_Fundación_Endesa Festival, organised by the Endesa Foundation and the Community of Madrid.

RetoTech is our technological entrepreneurship project that seeks to promote a more innovative education through the opportunities offered by technology. This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid, the Ministry of the Government of Aragón and the Autonomous Community of Andalusia  and, for the first time this academic year 2020-2021, by those of Cataluña, Extremadura and the Balearic Islands. In addition, BQ Educación is collaborating with this initiative. It is aimed at all primary and secondary schools in these autonomous communities. The Endesa Foundation announces it will award ten prizes (two nationally and eight locally) to projects presented by students and teachers at a festival to be held at the end of this school year. The objective is to challenge students and teachers to carry out a technological project that can address a need in their school environment or in society in general.

What are its objectives?

To promote technical knowledge among young people and foster technological innovation in schools are the main objectives of this initiative. A total of 262 centres put themselves forward for the last edition, 43% more than the previous year. Of these, 110 participating centres were chosen, 60 from Madrid, 20 from Aragón and 30 from Andalusia. These centres had robotics kits and 3D printers to carry out their projects thanks to RetoTech Fundación Endesa

In June 2019, at Endesa headquarters, we held the awards ceremony for the 4th edition (2018-2019 academic year), which was attended by 825 students and 130 teachers from 75 primary and secondary schools in Madrid and 15 in Aragón.

Teamwork and the challenge of organising different ideas were the main challenges facing the students when carrying out their projects. Ruben Polo, from Las Veredas school, in Madrid tells us about his experience: "During the teacher training, where we had the opportunity to learn from the trainers Celia and Ana in the best possible way, that is, in a way that was both practical and above all fun, we found out what the" Espíritu_RetoTech” is really about.

"During the teacher training, where we had the opportunity to learn from the trainers Celia and Ana in the best possible way,  that is, in a way that was both practical and above all fun, we found out what the" Espíritu_RetoTech” is really about".

Rubén Polo, a student at the Las Veredas school in Madrid.

Improving weaknesses in their own schools, such as accessibility, was one of the topics that these young talents focused on, competing for the Endesa Foundation Award. The prize went to Colegio Cardenal Spínola of Madrid for their "STEAMos todos” project. The proposal includes different spaces so that students with reduced mobility can move about without any limitation whatsoever. There is a dining room with a vegetable patch, a road safety education circuit and a patio with robotic swings. They are all creative and inclusive places where robotics and 3D printing play an essential role. 'STEAMos todos' was the project which was most voted for on the RetoTech_Fundación_Endesa website, with more than 1,700 votes.

Solutions for integration requirements

The concern for students with special needs was also present at the last edition of RetoTech. In fact, the Endesa Foundation Award, which recognises the project which gets most votes on the RetoTech_Fundación_Endesa website, was awarded to CEIP San Juan Bautista de Arganda del Rey (Madrid) for their "Chaleco ANE" Project. This is a jacket that helps special needs students communicate with other classmates. How does it do it? The ANE device (which in English would be HNE - help, needs and emotions) has lights that turn on when the student wants to communicate their state of mind: nervousness, anger, fear or sadness. It also includes a distance sensor and other buttons that indicate their basic needs or the noise level.


some photos of the students at the event with their projects

And finally, this edition's Endesa Employee Award, chosen by the company's own employees during the event, was for the “Fire Prevention” Project carried out by the IES José García Nieto, a secondary school, in Las Rozas, Madrid. It is an ingenious fire-fighting system: a station that measures the temperature, humidity and wind speed. This information is then sent to a server that can be accessed by fire-fighters. The objective is for them to be informed and prepared when the risk of fire is high in a certain place.

Collaborating in the creation of a better future for everyone is one of our main objectives. This is why, at Endesa, we believe in the talent of new generations and we encourage them to get involved in seeking solutions for current social problems, rewarding them for their hard work, dedication and encouraging them to look after our environment.

More information at http://www.fundacionendesa.org/

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