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  • The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) is an international robotics competition to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - giving the students a solid platform for solving the problems of tomorrow as engineers or IT specialists. The WRO combines the thrill of a sporting event with the academic challenge of designing and building robots providing each student with the opportunity for a hands-on experience to work with robotic technology. In 2000 WRO has started as a pilot project of the countries Korea, China, Japan and Singapore and now WRO is growing fast in more than 50 countries around the world. More than 20,000 teams around the world participate in local and national tournaments.
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  • WRO in Germany

  • WRO in Germany has been organized by the non-profit organization “TECHNIK BEGEISTERT e.V.” since 2012. The organization consists of young adults in the age of 18 – 25 years who participated in different robotics tournaments at their high school time. They are motivated by their own enthusiasm for robotics and they know that students can gain valuable experiences from participating in tournaments like WRO. TECHNIK BEGEISTERT e.V. arranges information events and training sessions for students and teachers as well. The overall aim is to motivate the participants to pursue studies and careers in the field of Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

    The most important aspects of the WRO can be summarized as follows:
    • International Level
    • Task is identical Worldwide
    • A team consists of two or three people and a team coach
    • is divided into three categories: Regular category, Open Category, and Football Category.
    • The best team can participate in the World Finale.
      • German Final of WRO

      • The German Final of WRO is the biggest and most important WRO event in Germany and even in Europe as well. This year more than 100 teams out of three tournament categories (Regular, Open and Football) will take part at the National Final on 19th and 20th of June in Dortmund. For the first time a pilot project of the Football Category (robot soccer) will be organized at this two days event. All in all there will be around 500 participants, coaches, judges and volunteers involved in this event. We expect visitors from the area “Ruhrgebiet” and almost all local tournament partners from different regions in Germany will be present at this event. The Final will be organized in a big athletic hall, giving us the chance to open the event to exhibitions as well. At the moment we talk to sponsors, universities and local robotic initiatives being involved.
          • Regular Category (RC)

          • For this categories, the participants will be building and programming a LEGO Robot, which must be solved in a 2.5m x 1.3m sized table. The task for example can be that the robot must go through a particular course, crossing ramps or valley, bringing things from A to B, lifting or sorting things (by color). There are also going to be two special features in this categories:
            • Reassembling Robot: The participated Team may build and test their Robots before the competition, but they must be reassembled into individual parts before the competition begins.
            • Surprise Rule: For every competition there will be a surprise elements that being introduced to the participants which sometimes will lead to modifying the robots through reassembling and/or reprogramming
              • Senior age group (16-19 years old)  in 2014 had to build a robot that recognized a space station from a defective solar cells and exchange or activate it by turning the inactive solar cells. The position of the defective and inactive solar cells were arranged randomly in each round.
              • In the junior age group (13 - 15 years), the robot should distinguish between defective (red) satellites and functioning (blue) satellites in space and bring the faulty satellite in the blue space factory. The position of factory space and the position of the defective and operational satellites is variable.
              • The flow and the rules are all to be judge by the referee in the competition.
            • Open Category (OC)

            • Participants of the open category will develop a robot model based on the theme of that particular WRO season. Last years theme were, for example, "the protection and conservation of World Heritage Sites" (2013) or "Robots in Space" (2014). A documentation must be made that includes a maximum of 13 pages report, a short film, and one or more posters/flyers.
              The special feature of this category: In the robot model, the basic control with LEGO MINDSTORMS technology must be executed, apart from that other materials such as wood, paper, plastic, etc. can also be used to build the model and are controlled by the NXT / EV3 - there is no boundaries on how to build it creatively. The use of any software is also permitted.. For more detailed information, see the rules of the WRO season, which will be published at the beginning of February.
                • Self built and developed Drone for this year's theme - fly over in the unknown Planet (2014: Robots in Space)
                • An Asian team showed at the World Finale in Sochi on how would the life in Space be in the future. (2014: Robots in Space)
                • Team "Möp - Ihre Schwachstrommmechaniker" had the idea to develop a robot that can collect the raw materials on distant planet and sorting them by its properties.
              • Football Category (FC)

              • For the Football categories a team that consists of 2s or 3s people aged  10 - 19 years old must build and program two Robots entirely from LEGO Materials. These robots can be up to 22cm height and a has  diameter of 22cm (will be measured with a Cylinder). Here, the robot orientation will be guided using compass sensors on the field and infrared sensors are used in order to recognize infrared Ball. The sensors offered by HiTechnic are allowed in this competition. An accurate set of rules with the task of publication will be published in February.

                The special feature in this categories is the two-hour construction (120 minutes): The team may indeed build and test the robot before the competition, and during the tournament, both robots must, however,  reassembled from individual components. After the construction phase, practice tables are provided and free for further testing at any time.