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From Chemnitz into Outer Space

World Robot Olympiad 2014: the regional competition takes place at the end of May at TU Chemnitz - beforehand the university and ARC Solutions GmbH support pupils from Chemnitz, Leipzig and Schneeberg

  • During the Easter holidays on 24 April 2014 took place one of many creative Build and Programming Days of the competition teams of TU Chemnitz. Front from left: Maximilian Seifert, Jan Natkowski, Alex-Joe Swiniarek; back from left: Robin Seerig, Marius Riedel and two coaches Maja Riedel (Faculty of Computer Science) and Juliane Hädrich (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering). Photo: Steve Conrad
  • Here is required the commitment and knowledge of the pupils, so that their `Lego Mindstorms´ robots persist the prescribed `space missions´. Photo: Steve Conrad
  • The complexity of the task to be solved is graded according to the age of the pupils. In 2014 the task for all regional competitions around the globe was developed by Russian partners. The final stage of the World Robot Olympiad 2014 will take place in Sochi. Photo: Steve Conrad

The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) will start this year under the motto `Space´. For the first time Technische Universität Chemnitz is among 15 German venues of this international competition. The objective of this training program is to facilitate the access of young people to natural sciences and to motivate them for professions in the fields of engineering and information technologies. The WRO is aimed at young people aged between 8 and 19. They build, design and program robots. This year`s emphasis will be on rockets, satellites and space stations. Whether Elementary (8-12 years), Junior (13-15 years) or Senior (16-19 years): the participants of all ages gain practical experience working with robots. The WRO will be held this year for the eleventh time. The task for all space missions of the regional competitions around the globe have been developed this year by Russian partners. Organizers of the World Robot Olympiad 2014 expect a high appeal in the competition. Last year over 20.000 teams have participated in 40 countries worldwide.

Only a few weeks remain for the teams that have registered to prepare their robots for simulated space mission. The regional competition begins on 24th May 2014 in the Lecture Hall Building of TU Chemnitz. The winners of each age group will qualify for the German Finals in June in Dortmund, where the tickets for the worldwide finals will be released. Since December, a total of around 200 teams have applied in Germany at the association of `Technik Begeistert´. Among them are two teams supported by TU Chemnitz and ARC Solutions GmbH that meet now weekly to fiddle around at the University. Six pupils from Chemnitz, Leipzig and Schneeberg are supervised by three team coaches from the faculty of Computer Science and from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Homepage of the World Robot Olympiad: http://www.worldrobotolympiad.de

For further information, please contact Maja Riedel, phone +49 371 531-32783, email maja.riedel@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de.

(Author: Mario Steinebach, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

Katharina Thehos

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