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A school of Morón in the magnifying glass of NASA

Students and teachers at a school in Morón developed an application that aroused NASA's interest. What's this about?
| 29 January, 2020 |

We Argentines get tired of saying that if we want, we can, that the human resources of our country have enormous value (largely thanks to the free secondary and university education, which, thanks to the struggle of those who make up the system, always manages to avoid the privatizing attacks of the neoliberal governments), which is in our hands to move towards a better future. And students and teachers at a school in Morón (and NASA) seem to confirm these claims.

Research, a product of the work of members of the educational community of the National Civil Aviation Institute, has to do with the proliferation of algae. The specific product is an app, which, after going through several intermediate steps, will compete globally in the International Space Applications Challenge, organized by the prestigious US space agency.

What is the application that NASA is interested in?

The application, named “Alquid”, already has the support of monsters such as IBM, CISCO and Telecom. Thanks to the huge database that manages and the search engine and organization of that information, you can predict where, when and at what speed will be formed “algal bloom”, phenomena biological factors that seriously affect marine life.

Students of INAC

good thing about the application is that the database is collaborative: users take a photo that the system saves and tagues (which will then also cross data with NASA itself and the National Meteorological Service ). The recognition that brought them to this final instance has to do with the “good use of data”.

The participating students are (because it is good that the whole country knows their names, the least we can do to encourage them to keep working) Tiago Romanelli, Santiago Noya, Juan Pais, Priscilla Lopez, Mateo Battilana, Damian Ponce and Gastón Rodriguez. The teachers who formed the team and guided the students are Facundo Serrano, Gabriel Casas and Alejandro da Costa. In addition, as external adviser, worked the Volunteer Air Force Soldier Alina Market.

The finalists will be announced in December. Fingers crossed. And to go back to finance research related to Science and Technology, because for that human resources can bear the fruits we all hope, it is necessary that they can have a life dignified.

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