The Almagro Campus of University Camilo José Cela has hosted the Grand Final of the Socially Innovative Ideas Contest ‘BeTalentSTEAM’, jointly organised by the Altran Foundation for Innovation and the Club Excelencia en Gestión.
Ten technology and environmental projects reached the final, with ten teams made up of students from two different schools, among which was SEK-El Castillo. This collaboration has been an opportunity to learn teamwork with students from different schools who did not know each other before and have started create their respective projects.
The following projects were submitted:
- Solar car, by students from IES Velázquez de Móstoles and Eurocolegio Casvi: A vehicle running on energy harvested from a lightning rod and solar panels installed on the roof of the car itself.
- Upcycling Center, by students from San Patricio School and IES Angel Corella: A project in which worthless materials are reused to turn them into everyday objects (for example, an old traffic signal becomes a chair).
- Eco Smart App, by students from the SEK-El Castillo and IES El Burgo de Las Rozas: A mobile application in which people can find places to take materials to recycle.
- Smart rubbish, by students from San Patricio School and IES Angel Corella: Sensors placed in the different rubbish bins, which detect the materials that are dumped in them and reward the citizens who recycle the most.
- Sea pollution, by students from San Patricio School and IES Angel Corella: Construction of a machine that cleans and filters sea pollution.
- Ecological robot, by students from IES San Juan Bautista and Ramón y Cajal School: A robot that collects garbage autonomously, storing it in an elastic bag, and that moves around the sea absorbing all the garbage that it finds.
- Solar car, by students from IES Velázquez de Móstoles and Eurocolegio Casvi: It consists of taking advantage of the circular movement of the wheels of the cars, and their friction against the asphalt, to generate an energy with which the vehicle charged and operated without the need to use fossil fuels.
- Forest fire drone, by students from San Patricio School and IES Angel Corella: A drone to patrol forests and help firefighters better cope with forest fires and view areas they could not access in any other way.
- Hybrid boat, by students from San Patricio School and IES Angel Corella: A ship powered by solar, wind, tidal, and, to a lesser extent, fossil fuels. In addition, the design includes an ultrasound emitting net (to repel the fish) that would scoop up rubbish in its path.
- Renewable energy ball, by students from IES San Juan Bautista and Ramón y Cajal School: A ball with a rail that, through friction, absorbs energy and generates electricity to be stored for later use. The ball is made of copper and leather, to make it light.
The ‘Upcycling Center’ project was the winner of the competition, with ‘Eco Smart App’ – the joint project by SEK-El Castillo and IES El Burgo de Las Rozas students – and ‘Marine Pollution’ in second place, while ‘Car Wheels’ came in third of the BeTalentSTEAM Grand Final.