In line with its commitment to promoting innovation and new technologies, as well as the development and promotion of actions linked to youth, this year the MGS Foundation has become one of the main sponsors of the ARLO (Advanced Robotics in Logistics Operations) competition robotics team of the Anna Gironella Institute in Mundet (Barcelona).
The team, made up of 7 students between the ages of 18 and 21 from the Catalan institute’s Higher Industrial Robotics Training Course, won the national VEX-U competition last March, which automatically made them the Spanish representatives in the VEX Worlds world competition.
Louisville, Kentucky (USA) was the city chosen to host the international competition. Thanks to the sponsorship of the MGS Foundation, the team members were able to cover part of the travel and accommodation costs during the event, which took place between 25 and 28 April.
The team achieved 20th place in the world competition, the best ranking of our country to date. It also reached the 10th position in the Skills category, a parallel competition that places Mundet’s team among the best in the world.
VEX Robotics Competition
VEX Worlds is an international educational robotics competition that offers young people an opportunity to get a fun and playful insight into technology and engineering. The students, under the guidance of a mentor, must build an innovative robot that meets a challenge that is different each year.
The competition, which has been organised in our country since 2012 through the EducaBOT Foundation, is divided into three phases: firstly, there are the local tournaments, where each team competes for a place in the state final; secondly, there is the national final and, finally, the winners of this phase become representatives of their country at the world level.
Participants are divided into three different categories according to age groups: VEX IQ Challenge (8 to 14 years old), VEX High School (12 to 18 years old) and VEX U (18 to 23 years old) and can participate in teams of 4 to 8 members made up of girls and boys.
In addition to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning and the skills acquired in working with educational robotics, the competition offers young people a perfect setting to meet and forge friendships with whom they share the same concerns. They learn and demonstrate their problem-solving skills while developing personal skills and working as a team.
The ARLO competition robotics team has been participating in the international competitions of Robotica VEX for 5 years now, achieving great results in each edition. The collaboration of the MGS Foundation with the team pursues the objective of continuing to support young people in their innovative projects and promoting values such as enthusiasm, teamwork, effort and the ability to excel.