World Robot Olympiad - Germany
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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
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
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.
of the defective and inactive
solar cells were
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.