General Motors Mexico Supporting 11 Teams in 2018 FIRST POWER UP Challenge
General Motors de México this month revealed that it will take part in the 2018 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Season, a global robotics competition, to support 11 student teams that were assisted in their aims by company volunteers. GM Mexico also contributed 60 kits of parts to be used by teams during the competition. 2018 marks GM Mexico’s 12th year supporting student teams from the country in the competition.
“At General Motors, we firmly believe that education and scientific and technological development are key to positively transform our society,” said David Rojas, Engineering Director of GM Mexico. “We are committed to contributing to the formation of the young Mexicans who will be the leaders of the future, capable of improving our country.”
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This year’s teams supported by General Motors de México volunteers represent the following schools: Panamerican University; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Toluca Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, San Luis Potosí Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, León Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Saltillo Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Santa Fe Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Irapuato Campus; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Eugenio Garza Lagüera Campus; CBT No. 4, Toluca; and Tecmilenio, Toluca.
This year’s FIRST POWER UP challenge, presented by NASA, takes a decidedly Nick Arcade-style feel. As outlined in the above video, teams are trapped in a retro video game and must work in two three-team alliances to defeat the final boss. To do so, the teams must build robots capable of tipping scales, exchanging power cubes, and climbing a scale tower for a final showdown with the boss.
You can watch this year’s FIRST competition on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires.