The 13th Annual World Robot Olympiad would be held in New Delhi, India from November 25 to 27, 2016.
Over 1,000 students from all over India on Sunday presented innovative ideas on how to manage and recycle waste using robots at the national championship of the World Robot Olympiad 2016. The theme for this year ‘Rap the scrap’ focuses on waste management. The theme was selected in an attempt to find an innovative solution to reduce, manage and recycle waste, using robots. The championship is being jointly organized by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and India STEM Foundation.
Total 245 teams have qualified for the national championship. As a part of World Robot Olympiad (WRO), the biggest robotics competition for students between the age group of nine to 25 years, from 245 teams, about 60 models would represent India in the international championship. The International championship is scheduled to be held from November 25-27, 2016, at India Expo Center, where more than 2,000 people from 55 countries are expected to participate.
What is WRO?
World Robot Olympiad is an event for science, technology and education which brings together the young people all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions. Schools are invited to enter a team of three students to participate in this competition. Participating teams need to create, design and build a robot model that look or behave like a human athlete. The competition starts from preliminary to the final judging.
Indian Winners of the past
First time in the history of World Robot Olympiad, Indian students won three medals (1 Gold & 2 Silver) and one position (Eighth) in the WRO 2015. Team India Storm Divers and India Thunder Divers from Ahmadabad won 1st and 2nd rank respectively in Elementary category and Team India Shadow Bots and Path Finders from Delhi won 2nd and 8th rank respectively in Open category. To showcase their talent and creativity, teams from over 225 different schools across India participated in this event.
The World Robot Olympiad has four competition categories:
- Regular Category
- Open Category
- WRO Football
- Advance Robotics Challenge
A team may only participate in one category.