The 13th World Robot Olympiad, jointly organized by National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture and India STEM Foundation (ISF), commenced at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida.
The two day (November 26th – November 27th) event was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism.
- The theme for this year’s event is ‘Rap the Scrap’.
- Over 2000 students from 51 countries are participating in this international championship.
- The competition is being 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.
Encouraging the teams from across the world, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said, “Fostering innovation and creativity amongst youth is a key priority for the government and events like these are a great platform for that. National Council of Science Museums, an organisation under Ministry of Culture has been nurturing innovation and creativity through its network of science centres and Innovation hubs. Organising such an international event was very much evitable. We are happy to see so many enthusiastic teams across all age groups here. We wish them all the best and hope their skills will play an important role in addressing real world problems in the future.”
Addressing on the occasion, Mr. Law King Hui, Chairman, WRO Advisory Council 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.”