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A Teenager from Bolivia Created a Real-Life Wall-E and It’s Just the Beginning

Esteban Quispe is an indigenous inventor in Bolivia who just recreated Wall-E IRL. How? Simple. He taught himself how to work with electrical boards and rummages through the landfill to get the parts he needs to create robots out of trash. He’s AWESOME.

At 17 years old, Esteban Quispe is trying to change lives in his small town in Bolivia.

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He loves to build robots.

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So he goes to the local landfill and rummages for pieces he can use in his projects.

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As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure… or robot, in this case.

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That’s right. Dude has enough skill to make an almost exact replica of Wall-E using discarded electronic waste.

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Oh, and it’s controlled from his cell phone.

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The indigenous inventor is completely self-taught and he is on a mission to make a big impact on his community with his talent.

His community is small and, as more people move to the city, there are fewer able-bodied people left to work in the village.

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Part of his project is to start creating robots that can help with agriculture to keep the people in his Bolivian village fed and alive.

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His secret is to stay in a child’s state of mind because it allows you to dream and create.

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“I want to behave like a child,” Quispe says. “Because we, the children, are the dreamers.”

Check out the full video of Esteban Quispe’s incredible work below:

Bolivian Robots Made from TrashThis Bolivian teen built a real-life Wall-E out of trash.

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Keep it up, dude. The world can use a few more people like you out there.

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From Being Cooks To Being Mountain Climbers, These Bolivian Mujeres Are Challenging The Machismo Culture That Exists In Their Country

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From Being Cooks To Being Mountain Climbers, These Bolivian Mujeres Are Challenging The Machismo Culture That Exists In Their Country

While living in a machista country, these women are taking a stance and climbing ice cold mountains…in their skirts.

An indigenous group of women in Bolivia, known as “Cholitas,” are mostly recognized for their traditional attire, including round hats, large earrings, and colorful skirts. These women are sticking to their indigenous attire while they battle against gender roles of women in Bolivia.

What started off as a group of women who once worked as cooks in the mountains, then turned into a group of women who had a passion for mountain climbing. Leader of the mountain climbing Cholitas, Jimena Lidia Huayales, points out the criticism they’ve received such as, “How could a woman climb a mountain? That’s wrong!” Although mountain climbing is not under the expected criteria of what it means to be a “proper” Bolivian woman, being on top of a mountain is what makes them feel so free – above the world and above every oppressive inequality.


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Fourth Grade Robotics Team Wins Robotics Contest And Is Told To ‘Go Back To Mexico’

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Fourth Grade Robotics Team Wins Robotics Contest And Is Told To ‘Go Back To Mexico’

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Sore losers are just part of life. But the Pleasant Run PantherBots, a team of mechanically-inclined fourth graders, found out just how bad sore losers can actually be.

The Pleasant Run PantherBots had just scored the big victory in the robotics challenge at Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Ind., an event consisting of around 35 competing schools, and were making their way through the parking lot when several children from different school districts began chanting discriminatory slogans, including “go back to Mexico.”

Three of the five members of the PantherBots are Latino.

The taunting children apparently learned their discriminatory behavior from their parents, who also joined in.


According to USA Today, Diocelina Herrera, the mother of PantherBot participant Angel Herrera-Sanchez, described the ordeal, saying, “They were pointing at us and saying that ‘Oh my God, they are champions of the city all because they are Mexican. They are Mexican, and they are ruining our country.”

Side note: It’s hard to make the argument that Mexicans are ruining the country when they take first place in a highly competitive robotics contest.

The PantherBots showed they were the real winners by how their reaction to all the negativity.

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According to the Independent, team leader Elijah Goodwin said that the negativity can’t compete with the reality of the situation, saying, “I think that they can talk all they want because at the end we’re still going to [the Vex IQ World Championship]. It’s not going to affect us at all. I’m not surprised because I’m used to this kind of behavior. When you have a really good team, people will treat you this way. And we do have a pretty good team.”

After the event, the PantherBots’ coach attempted to calm members of the winning team, but it was already too late.

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According to USA Today, Lisa Hopper, coach of the PantherBots, talked about her concerns as she sat down with the team to talk about the unpleasant event: “I was afraid they would let it get in their heads and wig them out.” However, what she found was a level of resilience you’d expect from a winning team. “They said: ‘We know they are mean. We know they were jealous. We’re not going to let it bother us.’ One of our guys said ‘to take stuff like that and let it make you stronger.'”

Let’s hope the PantherBots can continue their success. The world championship takes place between April 23 to 25. The group recently raised more than $12,000 on this Go Fund Me Page, which is currently no longer accepting donations.

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