At the beginning of this month, Alex, together with a student from 1st Bachillerato from another school, participated in the CEABOT 2016 as members of the junior team trained by the “Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial” (IRI), a mixed centre CSIC-UPC.
They were one of the youngest teams ever presented to this competition. Being only in 3rd of ESO, Àlex had the opportunity to show his knowledge and skills in robotics to postgraduate students from Spanish universities. The junior team from IRI, coordinated by the PHd student from UPC, Gerard Canal, demonstrated that robotics can be learned and introduced at early ages to foster scientific aspirations.
Alex came back from the competition proud of their work and outcomes: “Since the first day I went to work with them I knew it was going to be a hard experience. We had to make a humanoid robot with the ability to walk, climb stairs, read QR codes and fight. It was tough and stressful and we had to face a lot of difficulties. We worked intensely to try and present the robot the best way possible. But the hard work was worth it, the important thing wasn’t the placement, it was the experience and all the learning behind it.”
The senior team from the Humanoid Lab, trained at IRI, who attended the contest won this prestigious national competition.