Not even closed schools, lack of technology to study at home, missing friends and all the other difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic discouraged young scientists in Brazil. Convinced of the importance of science for the evolution of society, More than 4,000 elementary, secondary and technical education students from all over the country have registered around 1,250 projects in the 19th edition of the Brazilian Science and Engineering Fair, which, as in 2020, is taking place virtually.
Of those enrolled, 345 projects were selected for the Popular Voting Award at FEBRACE 2021, among them the ArtroBot Solution, a robotic arm created with pieces from the LEGO® Education SPIKE PRIME kit by students Marianna Calil Rodrigues, Henrique de Paiva Prado and Bianca Fumes Santos from Colégio Suzano, in São Paulo-SP. Voting runs until 2:00 pm (Brasília time) on March 29, 2021, on the platform of FEBRATE virtual.
In addition to voting, it is worth visiting the Exhibition of Projects of FEBRATE and learn a little more about the solutions that aim to address concrete problems in society. The ArtroBot Solution, for example, was born as an alternative to access activities of daily living (ADL) for those affected by osteoarthritis, a disease that affects about 240 million people worldwide, reducing mobility, strength and range of joint movement and directly reaching autonomy. "As a possible solution for this, we created a robotic arm prototype with the pieces of the LEGO® Education SPIKE PRIME kit, we presented it to two individuals who have the disease and the answers showed that this project can give them and all who suffer more independence. of osteoarthritis“, says Bruno de Paola, Technology Coordinator at Colégio Suzano and project advisor.
The ArtroBot Solution was fully developed with LEGO® Education SPIKE PRIME, a kit consisting of a programmable hub, sensors, motors, intuitive programming language and more than 500 pieces of different colors and sizes that allow you to explore creativity, build robots in a practical way. and fast, get into and advance in robotics with a focus on STEAM, from Kindergarten to High School. SPIKE™ Prime is distributed in Brazil by Positivo Tecnologia's Educational Technology unit.
To vote for ArtroBot Solution, just like the project on the FEBRACE Virtual website until March 29 at 2 pm. The results will also be posted on the website.