University of Guadalajara SUV: Mexican children simulate aerospace rescue on Mars


The Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico realizes the first edition of R2T2 Caribbean and America

Twenty-four children, from different public and private schools, collaborated in the simulation of a rescue from an alleged aerospace accident on Mars as part of R2T2 Caribbean and America, a meeting coordinated by the Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, which seeks to promote collaboration in the solution of technological problems.

The children showed their skills in strategy, coordination and programming to solve a study case in which 16 robots, remotely managed by children aged 8 to 12 from different countries of the continent, sought to enter a supposed A generator damaged by a meteorite crash on Mars, which was represented by a simulation robot, located in a laboratory in Switzerland.

Coordinated by students of the Master's in Technologies for Learning, from the University Center of Economic and Administrative Sciences, the children were divided into four teams, each in charge of a robot whose progress was monitored via streaming on Youtube, with a chat in a real time to communicate with peers in Quebec, Saint Lucia, French Guiana and Martinique.

Ph.D. Jorge Carlos Sanabria Zepeda, coordinator of the Master's Degree in Innovation Generation and Management, of the Virtual University System and in charge of the Mexican teams in this project, said that the challenge for minors is to evaluate, through robots, the different parts of the generator, in an activity that is not a competition, but which seeks to promote learning.

"These little engineers control the robot on Mars and organize with other countries to reach the generator. The role of the University is to coordinate the research that will result from the project. Each team is made up of strategists, a programmer and a communicator“, Sanabria Zepeda said.

The project is of Francophone origin, so the condition that Mexico participated was that it could communicate with the rest of the teams; with this condition was sought the participation of children who spoke French and English.

Francia, one of the girls of the team, studied in the Franco Mexican School and was in charge of the communication in the first team that arrived inside the generator. "They chose me because I speak French. I had to say what we would do and advise other teams. I was nervous, I thought it was more complicated, but then it became quite easy for me. "

The academic director of the Virtual University System, Jorge Alberto Balpuesta Pérez, said that these exercises are relevant with the programs that the system offers to solve problems, which this time involves children to bring them to the engineering area.

It is the first time that Mexico participates in this simulation, which is organized by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; The Université des Antilles in Martinique and the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique in France.

For more information about University of Guadalajara and Virtual University Systems visit the official website.


Written by: Iván Serrano Jáuregui

Photo credit: Gabriela Rojo

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