Constructing and programming robots
How can robots contribute to minimizing global warming?
Young people from all over Denmark will answer this question in the Danish qualification final for the 2017 World Robot Olympiad being held Saturday, 7 October in IT City Katrinebjerg at Aarhus University.
In the World Robot Olympiad, 16- to 25-year-olds compete in constructing and programming robots. This improves the students’ innovative, creative and problem-solving skills. The winners of the two categories will then participate in the World Robot Olympiad in Costa Rica with young people from 60 countries competing on 10–12 November. The 2017 theme is Renewable and Clean Energy.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting the Danish qualification final, which is being organized by the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University with 100 participants from upper-secondary schools across Denmark.
Søren Poulsen, Special Consultant, Aarhus University, a member of the steering group for the World Robot Olympiad in Denmark, says: “the World Robot Olympiad is an important contribution to getting more young people interested in technology and the natural sciences. This will thereby increase the recruitment uptake for these educational programmes at all levels, including skilled workers, bachelor-level professionals and people with MSc and PhD degrees.”
The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 150,000 to Aarhus University for hosting and preparing for the Danish finals of the World Robot Olympiad. In addition to being a competition about knowledge and technical skill, the World Robot Olympiad aims to help more young people take an interest in science and technology and to choose an educational programme within this field in the long term.
By participating in the international finals, the Danish team will also help draw attention to Denmark’s abilities in relation to robot technology, innovation, education and research.
The World Robot Olympiad was founded in 2003 and now holds qualifying rounds in more than 50 countries with at least 20,000 teams participating, equivalent to about 60,000 young people. Denmark competed for the first time in 2006.