Local students win international award for care robot idea

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Tom Huijben and Cédric Louwers, two pupils from the Van Maerlant Lyceum in Eindhoven, have come first with their profile paper at the International Conference for Young Scientists (ICYS) in Malaysia.

For their profile assignment, the two students devised a robot that counters the shortfall in the care sector. This robot gives the elderly more independence. So, you can use the robot to open and close curtains, switch lamps on and off, and even push wheelchairs.

Van Melsen prize

The boys previously won the Van Melsen prize with this profile piece. The Radboud University Nijmegen awarded that for the best profile paper of the year. With that prize, the boys went to the ICYS in Malaysia on Wednesday, 17 April. There, all the winners from 32 different countries came together to battle for the international title.

The award ceremony was held on 24 April. Tom and Cédric could not believe how lucky they were when they were told that they had also won the international competition. And their success is still far from over: the Radboud University Nijmegen has invited the boys to the OKSEF Congress in Turkey.

At this Science, Energy, and Engineering Fair, young people from all over the world come together to present their ideas. The congress will be held from Thursday, 11 June to Tuesday, 16 June, in Izmir.

For now, the congresses are over. The boys returned from Malaysia on Friday morning and are now mainly focussing on their exams. This year, these begin on Thursday, 9 May.

Source: www.studio040.nl

Translated by: Bob

Editor: Melinda Walraven


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