This time India has hosted the 13th World Robot Olympiad which began on Saturday 26th 2016 at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The 13th World Robot Olympiad is jointly organized by National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the guidance of Ministry of Culture, Government of India and India STEM Foundation (ISF).
The Olympiad would be fostered by 2,000 students that will come across 51 countries. They will be participating in the Olympiad to depict their skills and showcase their innovative prototypes (robots) using robotic technology, to reduce, manage and recycle waste that we generate daily. Speaking at the event, the Culture and Tourism Minister, Mr. Mahesh Sharma stated “fostering innovation and creativity amongst youth is a key priority for the government”
The theme of the event as discussed earlier is “Rap The Scrap” which is based on making useful items out of the waste that we generate in daily life. Sharma addressed the gathering by stating, “We are happy to see so many enthusiastic teams across all age groups here and we hope their skills will play an important role in addressing real world problems in the future.”
The competition would see students from the age group of 9-25 years, divided in four categories — Regular category (Elementary, Junior High, Senior High), WRO Football, Open category and Advanced Robotics Challenge.
A.S. Manekar, who is the Director General at NCSM stated, “I believe this competition will spread awareness about Robotics education and build an ecosystem of STEM based hands-on learning education in India.”
WRO Chairman, Law King Hui stated, “The World Robot Olympiad provides a platform for thousands of brilliant and aspiring young minds to come together and inspire one another in their attempts to address real world issues”