Robot alliances may sound like a thing of the future—but this year, at the 2018 FIRST Global Robotics Challenge in Mexico City, they were very much a reality.
Shell was a Silver Sponsor of the 2018 FIRST (“For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) Global Challenge, which invited teams from across the world to come together in August to compete in an Olympics-style robot competition. The mission of the FIRST Global Challenge reflects how science and engineering, in an environment of collaboration, communication and teamwork, can solve many of the challenges humanity faces.
This year’s theme was “Energy Impact.” Students aged 14 to 18 and their mentors were challenged to spend three days developing robots to improve energy efficiency across the value chain. National teams then established alliances of three and competed to deliver various types of fuel to power plants and build resilient transmission networks. Teams accrued points for their robot’s functional success, but also won cooperation points if they successfully collaborated with other robots within the alliance to achieve the collective goal.
Alberto De La Fuente, Country Chair Mexico, who attended this year’s FIRST Global Robotics Challenge, remarked, “Shell has long supported programs that enable young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. These skills are at the very heart of our company, and they help equip future generations to lead the energy transition and bring fresh talent and ideas into our industry.”
Shell's presence in Mexico has grown rapidly over the last 12 months. Looking ahead, the company plans to invest more in the country, through both its Upstream and Downstream organizations. Since September 2017, Shell has opened more than 150 retail stations in nine states in Mexico.
“Mexico is going to be an important part of Shell’s future, with expected strong growth in our retail business and potential to become another heartland for our deep water business. Sponsoring the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge shows we are taking an active role as a community member and supporting the development of skills that will enable future generations here in Mexico and abroad.”
See the results on the FIRST Global website.
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