The OliPaCE Challenges Phase concludes

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After four days full of scientific and astronomical challenges at the City of Knowledge, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the City of Knowledge Foundation and the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), announced the 10 students who obtained the best scores in the Challenges Phase of the First Panamanian Space Science Olympiad (OliPaCE).

These students will continue accumulating points to become creditors of one of the five available spots to represent the country in the Latin American Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad (OLAA), to be held in October 2018 in Paraguay.

In the Challenges Phase of this educational contest, which aims to stimulate students' interest in Space Sciences, a total of 28 students participated from media to academics (16 to 18 years old), who obtained the best scores in the Test Phase of the OliPaCE. These young people come from the provinces of Chiriquí, Veraguas, Herrera, Coclé, Panamá, Colón and the Ngäbe-Bugle Comarca.

During the four days of competition, participants overcame a series of challenges ranging from individual and group tests, to robotics and rocket challenges, among others. They also made astronomical observations in a planetarium with the objective of locating celestial bodies with the naked eye and with the help of a telescope, which was learned to use by both students and teachers.

The 10 students who obtained the best scores and who will continue competing in the First Panamanian Space Science Olympiad are:

• Carlos Beleño, student at the Centro Cultural Chino Panameño
• Aldair Lasso, student of Santo Domingo School
• Daniel García, student of the Bilingual College of Panama
• Jean Rodríguez, student of the Daniel Octavio Crespo School
• Marilen González, a student at the Rafael Quintero Villarreal School
• Alexandra Rodriguez, student of the Bilingual College of Panama
• Patricia Chong, a student at the Centro Cultural Chino Panameño
• Néstor Cheng, student at Santo Domingo School
• Nemat Salouka, student of Santo Domingo School
• Kenly Muñoz, Daniel Octavio Crespo School student