The World Robotics Olympiad International 2018 Final was successfully organized in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 16-18 November with 8 Hungarian teams and 8 Hungarian referees. The Hungarian Delegation had more than 60 members including teammates, team leaders, referees, parents, supporters and representatives from the next International Final’s organizers: Edutus University, Mayor’s Office of the City of Győr, Széchenyi István University and the Hungarian Government.
26.280 teams from more than 70 countries participated in World Robot Olympiad Association’s global competition in robotics this year. In the International Final 482 teams compared their knowledge from 63 different countries. The Hungarian teams ran in the following categories: Regular, Open, Advanced Robotics Challenge, Football and WeDo.
The HT RoboTeam kids: Máté Sándor (age 9) and Péter Sándor (age 10) ran in the Regular category where they had to complete 4 rounds in a track with their self-built and self-programmed robot. They reached as many as 232 points out of the maximum 240 points thanks to their last perfect round.
“We are really proud of them because they completed their target, a flawless run.” – said Viktor Sándor, HT RoboTeam coach.
Because of their performance, they were awarded a special prize by the judges. In the WeDo category, a pilot race was organized, so the results were not ranked. Instead, the best performing teams all received special prizes.
Here is a video of their final perfect run:
In the closing ceremony, representatives of Thailand handed the WRO flag (representing the hosting of the next Final) to the representatives of Hungary: Szilveszter Bus (Hungarian Ambassador of Bangkok), Dr. Lajos Csörgits (Vice Notary of the City of Győr) and Zoltán Szögi (National Organizer, CEO at Edutus). The ambassador held a speech to the participants and we could watch the WOW’s image films about Hungary and Győr, since the next International Final will be held in Hungary in 2019.
Members of the HT RoboTeam say they gained a lot of nice experiences and made many friends with other teams from abroad. As one of the team’s sponsors, the RabIT software engineering team congratulates the boys and the whole team for their outstanding performance.
Special thanks to the team coaches: Ágnes Borsi, Katalin Bártfai and Viktor Sándor for their invaluable work in nurturing young talent and providing the opportunity for Hungarian kids to start mastering fields in STEM sciences from a very young age. We will be following and can’t wait to cheer for them at next year’s WRO Finals.