Anti-gravity electromagnetic soles

They try again with their usual determination: classes change, but the spirit of the Roveré seventh- and eighth-grade students belonging to the My ColLego team is still to not give up until the end.

They want to bring home great satisfaction from participating in the First Lego League, the international science and robotics competition that will have its first skim on Jan. 26 and 27 in Reggio Emilia for the interregional phase, then on March 8 and 9 in Rovereto for the national final that will award a place for the international one.

“Into orbit” is the theme assigned this year around which the students will have to measure themselves on three tests: the robotics one with the construction of a robot made of bricks that autonomously will have to complete a certain number of missions in a set time; the scientific one, with the presentation and solution of a problem that will be evaluated for the result and the method adopted to achieve it. Finally, the “core value,” which is not an actual test, but a competition open to the involvement and participation of as many as possible in the project devised.

For the science project, students identified by analyzing various documents that one of the main problems for astronauts, who live and work in weightless conditions, is the need to anchor themselves to the ground of both the space station and a hypothetical planet to which they are destined to arrive. Hence the intuition of a space shoe sole that meets the criteria of electromagnetism, capable of adhering to the surface on which it walks.

To create a suitable shoe model, engineers and technicians from the Nato Satcom F14 station in Lughezzano were involved, providing support through a series of lectures, covering topics such as electromagnetism and its application in the absence of gravity; teamwork and effective communication management were developed, elements of evaluation during the race. I

he Gaibana shoe factory, owned by the Vinco brothers in Corbiolo di Bosco Chiesanuova, which is already known for designing shoes for astronauts on Esa (European Space Agency) missions, made the prototype according to the instructions of engineers and very young students.

In the Roverè school there was the presentation of the team that will fight (7 girls and 3 boys), with 5 reserves and other supporters (defnite guardian angels). Local businesses were also involved, such as Forno Bonomi, which supports the team’s away trips; Fidas Verona, which provides T-shirts for supporters; and Perozeni, which provided the blue suits customized with the Assa (Advanced space school agency) logo.

Emanuele Miliani, technology teacher, coordinates the group of teachers collaborating on the project: Anna Bianco and Michele Zanini for literary subjects, Giulia for math and science. The NATO base sent commander Lt. Col. of the Italian Air Force Christian Bisson and engineers Csaba Grunda and Dirk Kessels, who provided expertise in the technological development of the shoe; for all, T-shirt and cap with the Nci Agency logo. There was also a practical demonstration, in English, of the point reached in the development of the new electromagnetic sole on which Daniele Vinco has been working to create the prototype.

Vittorio Zambaldo