Some 200 students are participating in the 1st RoboCup Junior Panama this year, a technological research program that seeks to generate new vocations in the field of engineering.

The project, organized by the National Science, Technology and Innovation Secretariat, or Senacyt, runs until Wednesday.

Taking part in the competition are students from public and private schools in Panama's nine provinces and the nation's indigenous regions, Senacyt director of innovation in learning, Marisa de Talaveras, told Efe.

The 56 participating teams are divided into categories for Childhood (9 to 14 years) and Youth (14 to 19 years), and will compete for the first places in the activities of Dance, Rescue and Soccer, De Talaveras said.

Winners of the first two activities in the Childhood category, to be announced on Wednesday, will take part in the Junior League of the International RoboCup in Brazil between July 19-25, De Talaveras said. EFE