On November 5, Rostelecom head office hosted the Minders team, i.e. the Armenian participants of the international round of the 2019 World Robot Olympiad, as well as the representatives of the Ayb Educational Foundation.
The young people are going to leave for Gyor, a city in Hungary, to represent Armenia in the international round of the World Robot Olympiad from November 8 to 10, which will bring together 423 teams from 73 countries. The WRO has been held in Armenia since 2016, and its representative in Armenia and the only official organizer of its national round is the Ayb Educational Foundation.
Since 2018, Rostelecom Armenia has been assisting us in the organization of the WRO national round and participation of the winner teams in the international round abroad.
“We are pleased to host you in our office today, as we believe participation in such international Olympiads is a tangible achievement and a significant experience for anyone. It’s been the second year of our cooperation with the Ayb Foundation, and I am sure the participation in an international arena is just another opportunity to represent Armenia, the creative mind of the Armenian youth, as well as a chance to bring new ideas and technological solutions to Armenia. I wish you good luck in the tournament to take place in Hungary and new achievements in your further study,” Hayk Faramazyan, general director of Rostelecom Armenia, said during the meeting with the participants, adding that robotics is one of the most dynamically developing trends of the future.
The theme of the 2019 World Robot Olympiad is “building smart cities.” The participant teams design, build and program robots that can resolve real-life problems.
In the words of Sona Koshetsyan, the executive director of the Ayb Educational Foundation, one significant goal of Ayb’s is to enable the Armenian children to represent Armenia in various international tournaments and platforms. “I am sure that through the participation in the WRO, the children will not only test their abilities on a new level but also make the accrued experience, skills and motivation a new benchmark for their future achievements and results,” said Sona Koshetsyan. In this regard, the director deems the cooperation with Rostelecom efficient; day by day, more and more children get interested in robotics and new ideas. “I hope these very children shall change the development pace of our country, making our city smarter in this particular case,” with these words Sona Koshetsyan cheered the departing team.
The national round of the World Robot Olympiad was held by the Ayb Educational Foundation on June 23. Based on its results, it was the Minders team that scored the best (represented by Mind Center). Two Davits and Levon, the young engineers of the team, along with Davit Manucharyan, their coach, continued the training to soon participate in the international round. Together with five teams that had participated in the national round, the children also took part in the WRO Friendship Challenge in Aarhus city of Denmark during the summer and took the 16th place among the 42 teams from different countries.
The Olympiad has been held in Armenia since 2016; it promotes teaching and learning of robotics, programming and architecture, as well as involvement of the Armenian students in renowned international competitions and Olympiads.