Event: World Robotics Olympiad 2012

I’ll be one of the head judges of the World Robotics Olympiad 2012. The event is hosted by Malaysia this year and will be held from 9-11 November 2012 at Sunway Convention Centre.

I’m quite excited about doing it. The only other international level design competition for school children that I’ve ever judged before this was the F1 in Schools 2011 finals. Avid readers of my blog will know that I have always been involved in other national level competitions.

These out-reach programmes appeal to me, especially if they relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. I particularly like seeing more girls participating as we all know that our professions are woefully deprived of female insight, input and instinct.

There are several categories of competition and the challenges are quite interesting too. I was also involved in the planning stage last year, to select the final theme and challenges that we see today.

Just watching the random Youtube videos of teams from around the world has been very exciting for me. There are some very interesting ideas in some of these robots, particularly when they try to work around the constraints/rules of each competition.

I’m definitely looking forward to judging the world finals in a few weeks time.

Good luck to all the 300+ participating teams!

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