“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.
Over a period of 6 months, 1,500 secondary school students from 51 public, private and state-subsidised private schools, were “challenged” to design their integrated robotics apps with the aim of addressing a particular school requirement, providing solutions for social problems or improving the quality of life of people in some way.
Promoting technical knowledge among youngsters and supporting technological innovation in schools are the main objectives of this initiative. The 51 centres selected from among 126 that submitted entries, were provided with robotics kits and 3D printers to carry out their projects thanks to RetoTech_Fundación_Endesa.
Teamwork and the task of organising various ideas, were the main challenges the students had to face when preparing their projects, as pointed out by Paola Benito, from the San Patricio School. “At first, we had lots of ideas on the table and we had to really organise ourselves to use all our knowledge to create this project”, she stated. “We have certainly learnt what teamwork is all about”. In technical terms, “connecting the app and making it work” was one of the main challenges they came across, according to some of the participants.