World Robot Olympiad event coverage in Abu Dhabi
The World Robot Olympiad is held every year around the world in different cities where school kids participate in robot wars! a friendly robotics competition. The idea is to have school kids of different age groups (elementary, junior and high school) come in and build robots from limited resources for predefined criteria.
While the host country for this year’s World Robot Olympiad is Philippines, Abu Dhabi was one of the participating cities representing the UAE. Students from various schools around the country came in to display their best efforts in problem solving and creativity. This is where the WRO has two separate categories representing each type section. The first category is teams building robots for various courses laid out with different challenges; this is where programming and logic come into play. The other category is robots designed on a specific theme which is where thinking outside the box is rewarded more than focusing on a specific course or problem.
While there were quite a few schools covering the problem solving category, the majority concentrated on the thematic category, this year’s being “Robots promoting tourism”. Another interesting thing to note is that the materials provided were the same to every school. For today’s event, participants were provided with LEGO Education – MINDSTORMS Starter Kits. Each kit came with a LOT of LEGO blocks for the ultimate, technically complicated and industrial looking design. These also came with a programming unit which was the heart of the robot. Or rather the mind. Basically these were the units that teams feverishly tried to reprogram after taking their robots on a test run and finding out that something isn’t exactly working as it’s supposed to.
In any case, we didn’t stay around for the whole event which is probably still going on right now as many more schools pour into the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) halls and are trying to outdo their competitors. Winners from today will be representing UAE and moving onto the next stage in the global arena with a different set of rules and limitations. We wish the teams the best of luck, but you can have a chance to look at some of the brilliance over the next pages.