Indian team bags silver at World Robot Olympiad

In the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) competition held this year, ‘High Voltage’ team from Gurugram won silver. The team overtook 450 teams in the regular junior high category. World Robot Olympiad is a collaboration of science, technology, and education. In this event, young people from all over the world participate and make it a success. This is a great platform for all the young minds to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills. All the schools are invited and they send their students in a group of three. This event was held in New Delhi this year. The duration of the event was from November 25 to November 27, 2016. Students from almost 50 countries participated this year. The number of students participating this year was 2000.

This is one of the largest robotics competition in India. The event was held at India expo centre, Greater Noida. This is a competition which gives chance to the students between the age group of 9 and 25 years. This is a competition which is organized jointly by India Stem Foundation and National Council of Science and Museum. Indian Stem focuses on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) education in India with a focus on robotics and research. Whereas, NCSM plays a very important role in the growth of science and technology in India. The theme for this year is “Rap the Scrap”. In the category of a regular and open category, all the games were only about recycling, reducing and managing the waste.

A.S. Manekar, Director General, NCSM, and Chairman Advisory Board of WRO 2016 Organising Committee, said, “We witnessed some path-breaking ideas and prototypes, as the students developed innovative ways of designing and programming autonomous robots. We believe this competition had a tremendous learning experience for the participants.”

The Chairman of the WRO Advisory Committee, Law King Hui, said, “The WRO holds a dear place in our hearts. I wish to point out the important role of robotics in the context of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.”

He further added, “Applying STEM knowledge in forming concrete solutions, all the while thinking creatively and critically, with the ability to communicate and collaborate with others is the essence of WRO.”

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