“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.