The World Robot Olympiad is a noteworthy event in the fields of robotics, programming and engineering, and Armenia has participated in it for three consecutive years. This year, the two Davits and Levon are leaving for Hungary to represent Armenia via participating in this remarkable robotics event.
As the only official organizer of the World Robot Olympiad in Armenia, the Ayb Educational Foundation provides the Armenian children an opportunity to present themselves on international platforms, while representing Armenia at the same time.
“The car arrives, grabs the human figurines from the fields and delivers them to their destination. The overall goal of all of this is automation,” the boys explain, while pointing at the appropriate fields on the table.
One of the Davits studies at Pokrik Ishkhan (Little Prince) Educational Complex. In his own words, his great interest in robotics is determined by the fact that both his parents work in that field.
Levon studies at "Usum" Comprehensive School. He enjoys programming robots, just like his mom and dad do, who are both programmers. “My dad is a gaming programmer, and he once showed me how he is doing it, which I really liked! This was how I decided that I want to do such things, too.”
The other Davit studies at Shahamir Shahamiryan Educational Complex. “When I was younger, I liked watching cartoons a lot, so I told my mom that I wanted to create cartoons. She took me to a programming center, where they made robots, after which I joined the Mind Center and met my friends.” The other David jumps in to say they have decided to establish a company together. “In the beginning, when we had just started studying together, we didn’t know each other well, but then we gradually became good friends. After that, we participated in the national round of the World Robot Olympiad and showed good results.”
I ask the children what role, in their opinion, programming and robotics play in our lives.
“I think it has both advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that robots can make our lives easier, while an example of a disadvantage is that people may have trouble understanding how to adapt and may lose their jobs as a result.”
“I think there are only advantages; thanks to the robots, the number of robberies will decrease, as it’ll be impossible to outsmart a robot.”
“I think with the humanity aging, and the numbers of population reducing, the elderly will find it difficult to work and earn a living, as robots will take over their jobs.”
“Professional doctor robots can be created that may be able to bring forth positive changes in our lives.”
“How have you prepared for the international round and what are your expectations?” I ask them.
“We have made quite significant changes in the robot, and removed the drawbacks. We visited Denmark to participate in a friendly tournament and to better understand what we needed to improve. After that, we made a lot of changes with Mr. Davit.”
“We want to return to Armenia with a victory! We need to make it to the top ten at least! To achieve that, we continue to train every day in order to become more skilled!”
“Good for you, guys! I’m proud of you!” the voice of Mr. Davit, the children’s coach, can be heard a bit far away.
“I can already assemble our robot with my eyes closed! I know it at my finger tips!”
“No, you can’t! How will you tell the blue and red apart then?” everyone laughs.