SHANGHAI, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2016 World Educational Robot (WER) championship was held at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center, China on November 19 and 20.
More than 2,000 top players from nearly 20 countries, who are selected from different levels of WER competitions, took part in this gala of educational robots to compete for nine awards across four contests (the brick robot contest, extended task contest, creation contest and video contest).
Young Robot talents from all over the world showing their abilities in Shanghai
WER, initiated and hosted by Federation of World Educational Robot (FWER), is an international robot competition for young people aged from 6 to 18. The annual competition takes place at city, provincial and national levels, with the highest level being the world championship in which Abilix educational robots will be used.
The number of players joining in all levels of competitions this year hit more than 500,000, with the winners from these competitions finally gathering in Shanghai to join in the fantastic annual robot gala.
In the brick robot contest, the most important of this WER championships, each team will build a robot and program it to achieve four preset missions, which are "controlling weight", "balance game", "far and correct" and "mining ore", fully showing the robot's control ability in the aspects of weight, balance, distance and direction.
At the same time, young players will perform three onsite missions in which they analyze tasks, write creative solutions, and carry out programming and debugging, all of which are challenging. The onsite mission release is initiated by WER, the first in the history of the event and a milestone for youth robot competition.
Focusing on versatile ability cultivation, going beyond the robot itself
WER differs from other robot competitions as it also focuses on other elements besides robot knowledge and sets special competition missions to cultivate all kinds of abilities in youngsters.
The theme of the Creation contest was 'Move the Earth'. In this contest, bricks are used to build robots, art presentation methods such as painting and photography are used to present a big creation originating from a spark of aspiration, and players will explain to judges their creation on the site.
The theme of the Video contest is 'friend' in which players will shoot a 90 second video to show how WER has strengthened their friendship.
The last contest, an extended task contest, is full of fun, in which robot cars built by players will chase each other. There is not a sense of nervousness but full of laughs and smiles.
The four contests bring corresponding awards. In this WER championship, the Chairman award, the Innovative Technology award, the Structure Design award, and the Best Team award were issued to encourage persons and organizations having excellent performance in WER.
The annual total prize money at WER exceeds USD200,000, the highest of any youth robot competition. Through their outstanding performance, winners can not only win money but also attract attention from famous universities.
However, Prof. Jake Mendelssohn, chairman of WER, still stresses that WER's most important aspect is its educational value, as the aim of WER is to cultivate scientific interests, scientific skills, teamwork spirit, abilities (analysis, innovation and practice), and select technical talents.
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