Romanians who add value to the national brand: Romania’s olympiad winners in 2018

Romanian children have always performed well at international olympiads, and this year was no different. Romania had great results at the 2018 International Geography Olympiad, held in Canada, the International Math Olympiad in Cluj-Napoca as well as two robotics competitions, in Thailand and Mexico.

FIRST Global International Robotics Olympiad

Romania’s robotics team took part from in the FIRST Global International Robotics Olympiad for high school students in August. The competition took place in Mexico City, where national robotics teams from 161 countries participated.

The theme proposed by the organizers was “Energy Impact”. The Romanian students managed to get the top prizes in the competition and finally ended on 1st place among all the participating nations.

The Romanian team consists of 6 students: Razvan Nicolae Virtan, Andrei Darius Lorinczi, Andrei Danut Cuntan, Radu Mihai Cintea, Cristian Carol, all from the “Traian Lalescu” National College of Computer Science from Hunedoara, and Andrei Gabriel Preda, from the International Computer Science Highschool in Bucharest, coordinated by Professor Mircea Nistor and mentor Cristian Ovidiu Vlasceanu.

The gold medals have been won for:

  • Albert Einstein Award for FIRST Global International Excellence – Supreme title awarded to teams whose robots have had the best performances during the competition and have excellently promoted all the principles of the STEM and FIRST community.
  • FIRST Global Winning Alliance – represents the gold medal for the teams that have won the competition in the alliance on the playing field (the alliance is made up of 3 teams and Romania won with Singapore and Germany’s teams)
  • FIRST Global Challenge Award – gold medal for most of the winning matches – Romanian team won all the matches they played
  • FIRST Global Grand Challenge Award – gold medal won for getting the most points in the competition
  • Safety Award – the title obtained for the best organized team from a technical and security point of view, both at the presentation stand and during matches 

The FIRST Global Robotics Olympiad is ranked as one of the world’s most prestigious robotics competitions for high school students.

The contest was conducted based on 3 robot alliances, and the winning alliance was designated based on their score. The first 8 matches were qualifying matches, with Romania’s team getting the first place at the end of the round with 7,868 points – almost 2,000 points above the United States, who took second place.

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