The team of Veronese Salesian students "Idb Tech-No-Logic" ranked first in the national competition and will therefore participate in the world final in Detroit on 25-28 April 2018.
All the finalists challenged each other in robotics competitions and in a scientific project that had water as its main subject. Regarding this project, the students from the Salesian team explained: "70% of the world's drinking water is used to irrigate and comes mainly from the public aqueduct or wells. To reduce waste, we decided to take advantage of rainwater, which would normally end up in sewers, and recreated a series of structures commonly found in cities or near gardens with specific criteria to obtain the greatest possible capacity for water collection."
The Veronese team, formed by 10 students and guided by Luca Zanetti, a computer science teacher, dominated the robotics race with a gap of 30 points on second place, is not new to these results: last season they also qualified for the "First Lego® League International Open" tournament in Bath, England.
As for Spain, in Zaragoza, in the context of the Nacional Don Bosco Prize, among the numerous projects presented in the competition's various sectors is the one by Alicia Moraza and Daniel Gil, their "bMiMiC". The two participants, students of Telecommunication at the Salesian center of Logroño, led by Professor Diego Villar Cárcamo, won two of the most prestigious of the 14 prizes awarded by the competition: the First Special Prize of the Festo firm and the Special Prize of the Ministry of Defense.
"BMiCMiC" consists of a trunk and bionic arms, produced through 3D printing, which allow users to manipulate objects at a distance: the prototype is able to replicate the movement of arms, hands and fingers and to imitate the user's movements , proving extremely useful, for example, in managing drones, defusing bombs or performing remote surgeries.