Future Minister of Science and Technology, Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Pontes wants Brazil to join now. “The election is over, now we need to unite the country,” he said on Thursday, Nov. 1, to an audience packed with enthusiastic science and robotics students at the Sesi Theater in Goiânia. “Correcting the problems of the Country is everyone’s responsibility,” he said. In the speaker’s role, he also spoke about dreams, space, childhood, humility in Bauru (SP) and persistence.
He was applauded standing by the auditorium before starting the lecture with a motivational tone. Pontes said it was a double satisfaction to be there, first by speaking to students and secondly by having been confirmed Wednesday by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) as minister.
On the ministry, the lieutenant colonel said that “nobody does anything alone” and stressed that there are many “competent people in the research units” of the country. He told the young people about dreams and how to reach them, telling his story of humble origin , in the interior of São Paulo, in Bauru, until arriving at NASA. “A dream can take you anywhere, even off the planet,” he said. “Study, work, persist and always do more than you expect,” he repeated a few times.