TIRANA, October 30
After the FIRST Global Challenge 2019, the Albanian National Robotics Team was awarded the second prize in the “Clara Barton” category, named after the famous American nurse, who with her knowledge and lessons saved hundreds of people during the civil war.
This award goes only to the three teams that have demonstrated the spirit of collaboration and that have enabled inexperienced teams to build and program the robot thus becoming part of the competition.
The third edition of the annual robotics competition drew the participation of more than 1,500 students from 191 countries.
FGC Team Albania is a group of four young engineers aged 14-17, who have all been involved in FIRST programs and competitions before: Martin Kalo (14, Builder and 3D Designer), Dea Rrozhani (16, Programmer and outreach coordinator), Igli Qershori (17, Builder), and Gianmarco Cornacchia (17, Team Captain and Builder). The students are all truly passionate about robotics and attended various international robotics and programming competitions, including Technovation, FTC, FLL, and previous FGC editions. They are guided and supported by Besnik Zylka (Team manager) and Juljan Grori (Technical Mentor), who voluntarily made themselves available to share their knowledge in the field of robotics with the students. They are supported by RISIAlbania and companies from the private sector.
Through hard work and dedication, Team Albania’s main goal is to foster the development of STEM within the Albanian youth community, to help Tirana become an important innovation center in Eastern Europe.
Under the slogan ‘United by Land, Connected by Oceans’, the global youth robotics event resonated with humanity’s wider ambition to motivate people from around the world to clean up our oceans to build a brighter future for our planet.
Themed around the greatest challenges facing our planet, including the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by National Academy of Engineering, each year a different challenge takes center stage to foster understanding and cooperation among the youth of the world as they use their abilities to solve the world’s problems
Source/Photo Credit: Albanian National Robotics Team