For the fourth consecutive year, a team from UVM Campus Querétaro won First Place in the Water Polo Category at the 14th National Minirobot Competition, becoming the first institution to win four consecutive championships.
The contest was held in San Juan del Rio, where over a thousand students, who designed innovative, creative and competitive projects, participated in a variety of different categories of robot prototypes.
The "MACH 4" team won first place nationally in the category of Water Polo, while the "Delta" team won third place in the same category, both teams are comprised of students from different semesters of the Mechatronic Engineering program at Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Campus Querétaro.
This national competition invites the leading institutions from throughout the country that provide engineering programs like the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM), Universidad de las Americas (UDLA ), as well as prívate and technological universities from various regions that are recognized and respected by industry.
UVM's four championships were earned by teams of four UVM students, which have competed with leading schools in the finals like UNAM, IPN, ITESM Campus Santa Fe and ITESM Mexico State.
Contests won by UVM Campus Quéretaro in the National Championships in the field of Water Polo Robots over the last four years include:
- 2006 1st Place
- 2007 1st and 3rd Place
- 2008 1st Place
- 2009 Suspended due to Swine Flu
- 2010 1st and 3rd Place
Teams in the Water Polo competition have to control robotic boats to get a ball covered with Styrofoam into the opposing goal. The robotic boats are made of circuits and microcontrollers capable of receiving orders issued from a remote control, and are designed, constructed and controled in their entirety by the participants. This is learning that students from UVM Campus Querétaro get starting in their first semester of their program, so they can compete in this and other competitions by the time they reach the 5th semester of the program.