World Robot Olympiad
|Awesome robots at the SA WRO|
One of the events Benoit Knox and Andrea Vermaak attended was the WRO National Finals at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. The World Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition that brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity, design and problem solving skills through challenges and educational robot competitions. The WRO competition uses LEGO Mindstorms manufactured by LEGO Education.
This years' entrants (the largest number of participants in the SA WRO) astounded us with their technological savvy. Teams from across the country competed in four categories. Winning teams get to represent South Africa in Jakarta in November 2013.
|The Wetland Rangers, Pieter and Kobie Theron|
The Wetland Rangers, Pieter (12) and Kobie Theron (12), with whom we had the opportunity to chat, did not surprise us when they won the Open Primary category. Their model sluice which simulates water level control in the St Lucia wetlands boggled our minds. We hope that they can implement their ingenious design to save the wetland. We wish them all the best!
|WiErd, Jaen-Jurie and Danielle Rootman|
We also got to chat to Danielle (16) and Jaen-Jurie Rootman (14) of team WiErd, who won the Open Junior High trophy for their idea for a voice activated robot programmed to guide tourists to various attractions on Robbin Island. We'd love to see their idea fulfilled and take a guided tour around Robbin Island – robot-style!
|QWERTY Robots - CE3, Dylan Rheeders and Marco Pretorius|
Enthusiastic Dylan Rheeders (17) and Marco Pretorius (15) of team QWERTY Robots – CE3, also made us proud when they who won gold in the Open Senior High category with their clever cave exploring robot. CE3 has already discovered new parts of the underground lake in the Sterkfontein Caves. Imagine what else CE3 could find!
If the level of entrants is this high already, we can't wait to see what next year's competition will produce!
P.S. Watch this space for 'Busy, busy BK Publishing: Part 2' coming soon!