On May 23, the first LegoStart Robotics Competition was held. Eleven teams within three age groups, i.e. elementary, junior and senior, took part in the competition. The teams represented Syunik, Kotayk, Tavush and Shirak marzes and the capital, Yerevan. This is a new opportunity for children, particularly from marzes, to improve their knowledge in robotics and participate in larger-scale contests.
Sona Koshetsyan, Director of the Ayb Educational Foundation, believes that the first LegoStart Competition is an important event, as a new competition format is being piloted for all the LEGO and robotics fans making their first steps in the field. She expressed a hope that all the teams will have a chance to participate in both national and international rounds of the World Robot Olympiad in the future. In cooperation with Rostelecom, the Ayb Educational Foundation has decided to create a platform to enable the novice teams to test their skills and prepare for more tangible achievements in robotics.
Hayk Faramazyan, Director of Rostelecom that provides continuous support to the field of robotics, expressed willingness to assist the novice teams within the scope of such a wonderful program, to enable them to hone their skills on the LegoStart 2021 platform and participate in the World Robot Olympiad in the near future.
The theme of this year’s LegoStart relates to the pandemic; the robots designed by our students tried to make the pandemic and natural disasters more manageable by mitigating their consequences. Through LEGO Education, our students tried to develop their skills of generating fast and simple solutions, aiming to have a positive impact on the core issue of management of the consequences caused by the pandemic and natural disasters.
Following an intense battle, the NAV team (elementary age group), Gazprom 4 (junior age group) and Mush (senior age group) were announced winners of LegoStart 2021. A second-grade diploma was awarded to Dilijan Central School's team (elementary age group), and two first-grade diplomas were awarded to the Gitun team from Kapan (elementary age group) and to the Best Trio team from Nor Hachn (junior age group).
The participants and winners of the competition were awarded prizes by Ayb’s partner companies, Munich, Zigzag and MegaToys. LEGO sets for three participant teams had been provided by our partner Rostelecom. To note, prior to the competition, Creative Educational Technologies (CET), the official representative of LEGO® Education in Armenia, had organized a series of training sessions for the coaches of the participant teams.
Robotics is one of the fastest-growing fields in science, and the Ayb Educational Foundation prioritizes its development in Armenia. Apart from specialist knowledge and skills, the competition also helps children to develop a number of other skills such as creativity, teamwork and cooperation, communication and social responsibility. We are looking forward to meeting the LegoStart 2021 Competition's participants at the upcoming robotics contests.