On June 23, Yerevan Expo Center hosted the national round of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO). Since 2016, the Ayb Educational Foundation has been the only official representative and organizer of the World Robot Olympiad in Armenia. For two successive years, Rostelecom Armenia has been supporting the organization of the national round and the winning teams’ participation in the international round abroad.
The Minders team, who competed in the elementary age group of the Regular Category (with Lego Education EV3 sets), has shown the best results in the competition section of the national round of the World Robot Olympiad. The team won the 3rd category award in the national round. The Ayb Educational Foundation has applied to the organizer of the WRO international for the participation of the Minders team in the international round to take place this November in Hungary.
It is noteworthy that RoboCode team, which competed in the WeDo category, recorded the best result in the total score at the national round of the Olympiad. However, since WeDo falls within а non-competitive section, the team with the best results in this category at the national round cannot take part in the WRO international round. RoboCode team represented Whiz Code Academy. The team scored second place at the national round of the WRO.
Ten teams took part in the national round of the 16th World Robot Olympiad this year, which united around the motto to build smart cities and fought for the first prize along with their robots. The participant teams were to design and build robots that could resolve real-life problems.
“It’s been the second year since we have been supporting the World Robot Olympiad in Armenia and the participation of the winners in the international platforms. In 2018, the Armenian winning team successfully represented itself among the 456 international teams in Thailand. We are happy about the increasing importance attached to the formation of such important skills recently, and we are trying to thus contribute to this process. The participation in the international platforms enables the students to represent Armenia, the creative minds of the Armenian youth, while also bringing new ideas and technological solutions to Armenia,” stated Hayk Faramazyan, General Director of Rostelecom Armenia.
The Olympiad promotes teaching and learning of robotics, programming and engineering at schools, as well as involvement of the Armenian students in most celebrated international competitions and olympiads. The participant teams design and build robots that should be able to resolve real-life issues.
“The World Robot Olympiad is a unique competition held on the highest international level and enabling the winning team to take part in its international round. Armenia has been taking part in the international round for three years now, registering success in this important international arena. The tasks are complex, but the children have managed to cope well with them, which is extremely exciting for us. What we are also trying to show via this competition is why robotics is important. Its separate branches, including programming and machine-building, may undergo some changes in the future, yet robots as a separate phenomenon will continue to exist and expand their presence in our life. If children understand this from an early age, they can be very flexible adapting to the technological changes in the future, apart from being able to work in these areas,” says Aram Pakhchanian, Head of Ayb School.
The participant teams of the national round represent the following organizations: Mind Center, Whiz Code Academy, Mkhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex, Polytech High School, A. Shahinyan Physics and Mathematics Specialized School under YSU, and Ashnak Secondary School.
The Ayb Educational Foundation is proud to have been able to create such a platform for our children, which enables them to apply their knowledge, learn from one another and get to like robotics more, which is a speciality of the future.
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