International Robotics Competition for Youth Celebrates Success after Final Competition in Republic of Moldova
Alexandru Mironov, Director of International Relations for the World Genesis Foundation, addresses university students at start of final competition.
One of the universities final designs for the Earth-Rover 2011 Robotics Challenge.
Students discuss last minute strategy for the final competition.
First Place students and teachers from Chernivtsi University in the Ukraine.
Earth-Rover began with the delivery of Robotics equipment and its integration into the curriculum of seven universities across Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova. After eight months of study, design and assembly of their remote exploration robots the teams all traveled to the Technical University of Moldova who hosted the final competition.
"The final competition was remarkable and it was such a pleasure to see the hard work, dedication and excitement of the students and their teams come to life, said Alexandru Mironov, Director of International Relations for the World Genesis Foundation. We are also grateful to Victor Ababii of the Technical University of Moldova who helped to both design the Earth-Rover competition and to host the final event."
Each team designed their robot to complete tasks similar to the Mars Rover remote exploration robot, completing all tasks and overcoming all challenges from a remote location. The final results were:
1st Place - Ukraine - Chernivtsi University (pictured to left)
2nd Place - Republic of Moldova - UTM Comuter Sciences
3rd Place - Romania - University of Suceava
In addition to the experience of participating in an international competition, the top three winning teams received a laptop, iphone and cell phone, respectively. All other teams received diplomas.
Earth-Rover will continue to create new opportunities for youth. Each university team that participated agreed as part of the program to offer classes and demonstrations of their remote-exploration robot in elementary and high schools in their region in the coming months.
"Within 12 months of the launch of the program we beleive we will have achieved our goal of creating new opportunities in robotics education for youth for over 10,000 students, said Alexandru Mironov. The World Genesis Foundation is very pleased to have been able to provide the equipment and support to help make this project possible."
The World Genesis Foundation was founded on November 30, 1999 and is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to a vision and mission to "leave no child without hope for the future." Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM USA, the foundation supports activities worldwide to create educational, scientific and cultural opportunities for youth with a special focus in areas of the world where these opportunities are limited or do not exist.
Earth-Rover International Robotics Competition - www.Earth-Rover.com
Earth-Rover Final Competiiton Program - http://icmcs.utm.md/documents/First_Earth_Rover_2011.pdf
The World Genesis Foundation - Official Site - www.WorldGenesis.org
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