Endesa Foundation launches a new edition of the Retotech awards for robotics and 3D printing for 150 schools

The Endesa Foundation has launched the VI Edition of RetoTech in the Communities of Madrid, Aragon, Andalusia and, as a novelty this year, also in Catalonia, Extremadura and the Balearic Islands.

RetoTech is a training project that encourages technological entrepreneurship and with which the Endesa Foundation, in collaboration with the Departments of Education of the aforementioned Autonomous Communities, wants to promote vocations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (known as STEM, for its acronym in English), promote projects that transform and innovate the education of the youngest, and “challenge” the teaching staff and students of the participating educational centers to develop technological initiatives aimed at solving real needs of their environment school or social.

The Endesa Foundation will award ten awards (two national and eight local) to projects presented by students and teachers at a festival to be held at the end of this 2020-2021 school year. At the national level, the Endesa Foundation Award, that will be chosen by the Jury that agrees to that effect, and the Networks Award, which will be awarded to the most voted project on the RetoTech website.

For its part, at the local level, two prizes will be awarded in each of the four festivals of this edition, which will be held in the Autonomous Community of Madrid (for centers in Madrid and Aragon), in Andalusia (for centers in Andalusia and Extremadura), in Catalonia and in the Balearic Islands. These awards are the Endesa Employee Award, which will go to the candidate with the most votes among Endesa employees who attend the event in each Autonomous Community, and the Teacher Award, chosen by the assistant teachers from the centers of each Community.

In this sixth edition, 50 schools from the Community of Madrid, 20 from Aragon, 30 from Andalusia for Primary and Secondary Education, 15 from Extremadura for Primary Education, and 20 from Catalonia and 15 from the Balearic Islands for Secondary Education will be able to participate.

In addition, as a novelty included in this year’s edition, the Endesa Foundation has the collaboration of IMMUNE Technology Institute, which will award 16 scholarships to the winning schools of the Redes Awards and the Endesa Foundation to attend the YOUNG IMMUNERS SUMMER CAMPS that it organizes online during the summer of 2021.

As in previous editions, the project presented at the end of the course for Primary Education must combine 3D printed elements with robotics (Arduino family kits programmed with Bitbloq, which allows programming by blocks and without code). For Secondary, you must also integrate an Android mobile application.

To this end, the Endesa Foundation will donate to all educational centers that participate for the first time in this edition 10 robotics kits based on Arduino (ZUM kit) and a Witbox Go! 3D printer. The selected centers participating in previous editions will be endowed with 5 robotics kits.

In turn, the teachers of each selected educational center will receive online training and continuous monitoring through the Reto Tech Foundation Endesa training platform with the support of the BQ Education team.

Registration for this edition will be open until November 16. On the 23rd of that same month, the list of centers that have finally been selected to participate in the project will be published on the program’s website. Sign up here.

To register, the teacher in charge of each center must fill in the registration form with all the information requested therein. The application must include a video of a maximum of 5 minutes in length in which the educational center, its students and teachers argue why they participate in the project and why it would help them to deepen and improve the use of technology in the classroom. In the evaluation, the originality, staging and quality of the videos will be taken into account.

Check the complete bases here.

In the fifth edition of these awards, held last year, a total of 262 schools were registered (117 belonging to the Community of Madrid, 31 to the Community of Aragon and 114 from Andalusia), which means an increase of 43% in participation regarding the fourth edition. Since its launch in 2015, nearly 1,300 teachers and nearly 20,000 students have participated in RetoTech.