Team “High Voltage” from India (Gurugram) wins silver in the Regular Junior High category

463 teams across 51 countries depicted their skills and showcased their innovative prototypes

New Delhi, November 27, 2016: The 13th World Robot Olympiad, jointly organized by National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India and India STEM Foundation (ISF), concluded at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida today. Team “High Voltage” from India (Gurugram) won the Silver in the Regular Junior High category. The two day (November 26th – November 27th) international championship based on the theme ‘Rap the Scrap’ had over 2000 students from 51 countries showcase innovative solutions using robotics technology to reduce, manage and recycle waste. The competition was held for students in the 9-25 years age group in the following four categories – Regular category (Elementary, Junior High, Senior High), WRO Football, Open category and Advanced Robotics Challenge.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Shri A. S. Manekar, Director General, NCSM and Chairman Advisory Board of WRO 2016 Organising Committee said, “We congratulate all the winners of World Robot Olympiad. These two days have been an exhilarating experience for all us. We witnessed showcase of some path-breaking ideas and prototypes, as the students developed innovative ways of designing and programming autonomous robots to complete different tasks in lesser time. We believe this competition must have been a tremendous learning experience for all the participants and will play an important role in shaping their careers. Our best wishes are with all the participants.”

Also congratulating the winners, Shri Sudhanshu Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO, India STEM Foundation said, “Shortlisting the final winners of this championship was a difficult task for the judges, as all the projects were exceptional. We are glad that the team from India have been able to bag the silver award. Since 2006, our efforts have been focused on creating opportunities to engage students to learn real world application of core STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, Maths) concepts through the intervention of such Robotics and research based hands-on based learning platforms such as World Robot Olympiad. We are happy that Indian students are able to reap the benefits of this.”

Mr. Law, King Hui, Chair of the WRO Advisory Committee, said, The WRO holds a dear place in our hearts because it 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. I wish to point out the important role of robotics in the context of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, as well as 21st century skills which are globally recognised as crucial to be effective workers in the future. Applying STEM knowledge in forming concrete solutions, all the while thinking creatively and critically, with the ability to communicate and collaborate with others is the essence of WRO. The knowledge and experiences all participants worldwide have gained so far have makes them winners in their own right. Winning the competition is not the most important part of their WRO journey, learning is!

Also speaking on the occasion, Shri Samarendra Kumar, Director (HQ), NCSM said, “It gives us immense pleasure to see participation in such huge numbers from across the globe. This year’s theme ‘Rap the Scrap’ is in line with Swachh Bharat Mission of the government. We saw some great ideas in the preliminary rounds and hope to see even better solutions in the international finals. This event will be a great showcase of our future generations’ innovative thinking abilities.”

Prior to this, regional competitions were held at Delhi, Lucknow, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Chennai, Kolkata, Varanasi, Guwahati, Bangalore, Surat, Mumbai, Bhopal and Chandigarh during August-October 2016. About 245 teams qualified for the National Championship held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata (22-23 October 2016) and 27 teams from India qualified for WRO International Championship in different categories. From other countries also, students qualified in respective National Championship represented their countries in this International Championship. The event is supported by Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

About World Robot Olympiad
World Robotic Olympiad is an event for science, technology, and education which brings together young people from across the world to develop their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational Robotics competition

About World Robot Olympiad India (WRO India)
World Robot Olympiad India (WRO India) (http://www.wroindia.org/) is a not-for-profit robotics competition held in India since 2006 for students in the 9 to 25 years age group. WRO India is a highly competitive, prestigious and one of the largest robotics competition in India, jointly organized by ISF and NCSM to build scientific temperament and 21st century skills in students.

About National Council of Science Museums (NCSM)
National Council of Science Museums (www.ncsm.gov.in), a premier organization under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, is the largest network of science centres/museums in the world. From its Headquarter in Kolkata, it manages 25 science museums/centres spread across the country. In addition, it has developed 24 Science Centres and handed over to different States and UTs of India. NCSM is Communicating Science to Empower People through its network of science centres and various activities conducted at these centres. Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) program has been accepted by Limca book of Records to be recorded as a longest and largest non-formal science education program in India.

About India STEM Foundation
India STEM Foundation (www.indiastemfoundation.org) is a pioneer in promoting hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in India with the intervention of Robotics and research based learning programs for school and college students. India STEM foundation is the affiliate partner of World Robot Olympiad Association in India.

WRO 2016 Medalist

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