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NIBIB mentors bring out the best for FIRST Global Challenge robotics event

A robot designed by high school and college undergraduates from Venezuela with help from NIBIB mentors found its way into the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition in July. The Venezuelan's called their robot Venebot. FIRST Global is a public charity that organized the international robotics challenge to ignite passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM—among the next generation around the world. Enjoy the following photos from the event!

From left, FIRST Global founder Dean Kamen, Venebot team leader Kenny Urdaneta, and NIBIB Director Roderic I. Pettigrew.  Photo by NIBIB.

From left, FIRST Global founder Dean Kamen, Venebot team leader Kenny Urdaneta, and NIBIB Director Roderic I. Pettigrew.  Photo by NIBIB.

Team NIBIB’s first in-person meeting with Venebot team members on the evening before the competition. Back row, from left, NIBIB’s Grace Peng, Emily Conlan, Andrew Weitz and Steve Zullo. Wearing yellow t-shirts, from left, Venebot college student team leaders Javier Carroz and Kenny Urdaneta. In blue, high school Venebot team members Emanuel Andrade, Freddy Sarcos, foreground, and Samuel Larreal, at right alongside NIBIB advisors. Photo by Mehran Armand for NIBIB.

Team NIBIB’s first in-person meeting with Venebot team members on the evening before the competition. Back row, from left, NIBIB’s Grace Peng, Emily Conlan, Andrew Weitz and Steve Zullo. Wearing yellow t-shirts, from left, Venebot college student team leaders Javier Carroz and Kenny Urdaneta. In blue, high school Venebot team members Emanuel Andrade, Freddy Sarcos, foreground, and Samuel Larreal, at right alongside NIBIB advisors. Photo by Mehran Armand for NIBIB.

Nearly 160 five-student teams filed into DAR Constitution Hall waving their nations’ flags during the Olympics-style opening ceremony. Photo by Grace Peng.

Nearly 160 five-student teams filed into DAR Constitution Hall waving their nations’ flags during the Olympics-style opening ceremony. Photo by Grace Peng.