The American International School of Bucharest is hosting an international robotics competition CEESA First Tech Challenge Championship during February 9-10, with 130 students from several European countries attending, ready to test their skills in making and controlling robots.
The high school students come from schools associated to the CEESA organization (Central and Eastern European Schools Association) from nine countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Austria and Romania, overall there will be 13 teams consisting in ten participants at the most.
AISB will be represented by three teams which will put into practice the engineering knowledge and principles that they had acquired in the robotics workshop within the Design and Engineering Center, unique in Romania. The center has been partially opened, for the robotics and fashion design labs, and it will be fully concluded in 2019, when film and sound, agriculture and cuisine workshops will be available.
Students started working to make robots since September and to find the best solutions for this year’s theme “The recover of the relic”, inspired by Indiana Jones’ adventures.
During the competition, hosted on a 3.65m plan surface, students must find the right strategies to work in a team in order to manage to move as many foam cubes as possible, by handling the robots. The game lasts 2:30 minutes.
„Techonology is extremely important nowadays, as it is present in our lives, and particularly in our mind. That’s why we encourage students at AISB to express their imagination and build stuff that show how creative and innovative they are. Within First Tech Challenge the young participants are challenged to prove their technical and engineering abilities, but also social abilities, like the team work, focusing and strategy, abilities which train them for their professional future,” said Robert Brindley, AISB director.
The winners of the contest will race in the world robotics championship in Detroit, US.
A video about the contest is available here.