Seven Cochabamba projects were winners out of 40 who were awarded nationally in the 12th. Plurinational Meeting of Research and Innovation of Technical and Technological Institutes.
In this version, 120 projects were presented to the meeting that were developed by students from more than 150 technical and technological institutes nationwide and were exhibited in the city of La Paz.
After an evaluation, 40 projects were awarded nationwide in 11 categories, of which seven were developed by students of technical and technological institutes of Cochabamba.
Thus, of the seven Cochabamba projects, two obtained first place in their category, two second place and three achieved special mention. The institutes correspond to Cercado, Sacaba, Aiquile, Mizque, Eterazama and Chimoré.
The Plurinational Meeting of Research and Innovation of Technical and Technological Institutes has the objective “to carry out a healthy competition in terms of production and innovation in the technical field within the institutes,” said Limbanya Novillo, deputy director of Higher Education for Vocational Training at the DDE.
“In this last time, technical, technological education is becoming important in our territory because we are all aware that development is going to take place through labor, and labor implies promoting technical and technological education,” said the deputy director.
Yesterday, the students who carried out the seven Cochabamba projects were awarded at the Departmental Directorate of Education (DDE) Cochabamba where they were given a laptop and a certificate to each winner.
“Each computer, valued at more than 850 dollars, has the corresponding digital material for consultation and research and to continue motivating students to research,” said Novillo.
“Nissan electronic control automated training module”, won first place in the automotive mechanical category. William López and Juan Pablo Conde, students of the Agricultural Technology Canada (TAC) of Chimoré, developed this project.
López explained that this project, carried out in about 40 days, is aimed at facilitating learning and teaching for students, teachers and mechanics who want to update themselves on the subject.
The other project deserving of the first place was: “Automatic coca leaf dryer” developed by Luis Quinteros and Samuel Vargas, students of the Eterazama Technological Institute.
“We are very happy and happy. We put a lot of effort, sacrifice and the goal was to achieve the award, ”explains Quinteros, whose project was developed in five months and participated in the category of computer systems and industrial computing.
In the gastronomy category Zareth Sabath and Leny Gonzales obtained the second place with the project: “Preparation of meat tenderizer based on pineapple and male banana vinegar with products that are wasted in the peasant market of the city of Cochabamba” .
The students, from the Technical Institute Federico Álvarez Plata (daytime), explained that they feel very proud of the work they did for almost half a year.
“The idea was to develop a project that is not only the fruit of everything we have learned during the three years of study, but also part of an enterprise so that we can bring the products to market,” explain the winners.
In the area of ??tourism, students Esther Rosales and Marcelino Omonte, of the Technological Institute Avelino Siñani de Mizque, achieved the second place with “Implementation of the tourist route of honey with experiential approach through the supply of honey bee cores to the apiaries from the communities of Molle Aguada, Yunguillas baja and Tucma Palmar, from the municipality of Mizque ”.
Three groups obtained special mention in this version, two in the food industry category and one in agriculture.
Afredo Copatiti and Gladiz Corrales, from the Berto Nicoli Technological Institute, developed the project “Obtaining prebiotic treats based on yacon extract”.
“We have focused on diabetic people, because yacon helps lower blood glucose and now they can have gummies. Later we plan to market the product, ”said Corrales.
Maribel Colque and Sonia Paredez, from the Eterazama Technological Institute, carried out the project “Cookies enriched with fiber obtained from the agroindustrial wastes of palm kernel and passion fruit”.
“Trojas or pirwas improved with clay for grain storage” was developed by Beymar Vela and César Rosas of the Aiquile Superior Agroindustrial Technological Institute.