On November, 15-17, students of a Nizhny Novgorod school for the first time took part in The World Robot Olympiad. At the competition, Lyceum #165 team demonstrated a robot-guide - a prototype of LEGO Mindstorms NXT-powered machine which allows to conduct guided tours of Saint Petersburg historic center. The team consisted of a 10-grade student Maxim Sokolov and his computer science teacher, MERA software designer Alexander Voron.
At the Olympiad, there was a total of 392 participating teams from 39 countries with 25 teams representing Russian cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Rostov-on-Don, Magnitogorsk, Miass, Ozersk and Snezhinsk. In seven categories Russian team bagged 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a bronze.
MERA has been supporting local robotics events in Nizhny Novgorod since 2010. In 2012 Nizhny Novgorod Robotics Olympiad supported by MERA became an official WRO stage.
About World Robot Olympiad
The World Robot Olympiad is held annually since 2004. The event for science, technology and education brings together young people from all over the world to help them develop creativity and problem solving skills through robotics competitions. The Olympiad challenges students in different levels and multiple curriculum-relevant subjects and is split up into four stages. A total of 392 teams from over 36 countries participated in this year’s competition. In 2014 WRO will be held in Moscow.