With a combination of nervousness, happiness and expectation, the final Solar Challenge tournament, an initiative financed by the international Teachers Try Science program of IBM, has successfully reached its conclusion. The principal aim of the event is to engender science and technology teaching in the classroom. Solar Challenge brought together students from across Chile aged between approximately 13 and 18 in which competitors were tasked with building a robot using second hand electronic equipment and operated using solar power. In the final tournament, teams had to move an object between two points, within a defined circuit, simulating the removal of waste from a mini garbage dump to a household waste recycling center. The team that produced the best performance and which secured first place was that from the Colegio Alberto Blest Gana from Santiago. Second place went to Chapapa from Fundación Mustakis, from Concepcion.
During a day of activities based on harnessing energy from the sun, the 16 teams competing in the final of the sustainable robot contest, Solar Challenge, put their prototypes to the test.