WRO: World Robotic Olympiad
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Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century
skills. Solving robotic challenges builds innovation, creativity and problem
solving skills in students, and because robotics cross multiple curriculum
subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering,
math, and computer programming. The most rewarding part of designing robots is
that students have fun, work together as a team, and learning occurs as
naturally as breathing air.
The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) is an event that brings young
people together from all over the world. It is a combination of science,
technology and education. This event will provide aspiring students an
opportunity to combat various robotic challenges and develop problem solving
skills. The most rewarding part of robotics is seeing a robot perform after all
the hard work a team has put into it.
The 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 models that look s or behave like a human athlete. The
competition starts from preliminary to the final judging.
Provide students up to the age of 19 an opportunity to
expand their horizons through exploration of robots and robotic systems
in the school.
Introduce the concept of modern science into school's
educational activities in science and technology.
Provide an opportunity to promote creative thinking, improve
communications and cooperation skills strengthen the ability to acquire
new knowledge highly relevant towards progressive education.
Bring together young people all over the world to develop
creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and
educational robot competition.
To widen the youth's view in the application of science &
technology, improve their learning efficiency & encourage our youth to
be future scientists, engineers and inventors.
It all started back in 1999...
At that time, Mr. TaeSoo Park, the president of the Korean
company ”Learning Tool, Inc.”, contacted Mr. Lars Vahl, Director of LEGO
Education Asia Pacific, suggesting they should set up a robotics competition
involving students from Asian countries.
In year 2000, four countries (Korea, China, Japan and
Singapore) joined the pilot project, and the first international competition
– titled International Robot Olympiad - took place in the Olympic Park in
World Robot Olympiad was founded in 2004
In 2003 the four founding countries and LEGO Education
established an international WRO Committee, who decided to establish a new
and permanent robotic organization, based on the idea that students from all
over the world should have the opportunity to meet with other students to
fulfill the new mission statement, which read:
“To bring together young people all over the world to develop
their creativity, design & problem solving skills through challenging &
educational robot competitions and activities”
Competitions in WRO
World Robot Olympiad organizes robotics
competitions in three different competition categories
The Regular category was the first competition introduced by
WRO. It is a challenge based competition in which teams will build robots
that are designed to solve a given challenge set on a table.
Later, the Open Category competition was introduced. The Open
category is a theme based competition in which teams use their creativity
and problem solving skills in constructing smart robotic solutions that
complement the theme of the competition. In 2011 the theme of the Open
category was "Robots for Life Improvement".
In 2010, WRO introduced WRO GEN II Football for the first
time and it is now an official competition in WRO. Here teams of two robots
play a game of football (soccer) on a playing field. WRO share the rules for
WRO GEN II Football with Robocup Junior Australia.
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