High school students introduced the robot, they will go to the International Olympics

(Translated from Slovak)

The robot can collect and fire balls. The task is to get it to the so-called reduction station or processing boat.

Kosice, October 8 (TASR) – With Alexander, the high school team will go to the third annual International Robotics Olympics FIRST Global Challenge 2019 in Dubai. It will perform its tasks in a competition whose global theme this year is to get rid of the oceans from waste. The robot was presented on Tuesday as part of the second annual International Innovation and Technology Fair and the professional conference SlovakiaTech Forum – Expo 2019 in Košice.

The robot can collect and fire balls. The task is to get it to the so-called reduction station or processing boat. It was built from a special kit about five weeks. All teams got the same, without instructions, with only parts.

“The robot is made up of three basic parts – a chassis, a ball intake with a conveyor belt and a cannon,”said Adam Kučera, the captain of the team, saying they are still working on it. “We plan to create an autonomous program that will work so that the robot can be positioned exactly,” he added.

The team consists of four high school students aged 15 to 18 years. They are the winners of the national round of FIRST Global Slovakia, which was held for the first time this year. “This team will compete in an international challenge to clean the oceans from micro and macro-pollutants,” said team mentor Adam Kukla. Among other things, it is an opportunity to reach secondary school pupils and awaken their interest in science, engineering, programming, technology and mathematics. Participation in this competition is also intended to show that technology development can help solve global and societal challenges.

As he added, introducing this robot in Košice at SlovakiaTech is an exceptional opportunity. He also reminded that teams from Košice schools are successfully participating in various similar competitions. “ We regret that there was no Košice team at the national championships. We want Košice to show its strength, we see potential there, ” concluded Kukla.

The FIRST Global Challenge Robotic International Olympics will take place in Dubai on October 24-27. This year, teams from more than 180 countries will be participating.

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