For this first time this year, Vodacom rAge will host the provincial finals of the annual World Robot Olympiad SA (WRO SA) competition, with the top teams going through to compete at the WRO International in Hungary in November.
WRO SA includes multiple categories and age divisions, with 2019’s Smart Cities global season theme introducing “new concepts, new ideas and new technologies that help building the cities of the future”. The provincial finals and other WRO SA events at Vodacom rAge are open to spectators.
“Being able to showcase the work that WRO SA is doing at an event like Vodacom rAge is extremely exciting for us,’ says Danie Heymans from WRO SA. “Our teams are made up of coders and programmers who are immersed in the world of robotics – a category with a massive overlap into the world of gaming. A lot of these contestants are going to become a pivotal part of the future of gaming in SA and for them to have exposure across this platform is phenomenal. We are also looking forward to getting the public involved in what we are doing to give them a taste of what the robotics landscape is all about.”
Friday: WRO SA National Explorer Competition
This category is not part of the international finals but is rather a category that allows juniors to be a part of this technological phenomenon that is taking the world by storm. These teams are made up of outreach robotics learners who, with the help of WRO SA and the Department of Science and Technology, have the awesome opportunity to be involved and potentially move up the ranks into the International finals and one day take their creativity and skill to compete overseas. This category showcases age-appropriate challenges on tabletops in which teams design, build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to solve a solution.
Saturday: WRO SA National Competition
This is where the stakes are really high, because winners over the categories have the chance to take their teams and all their tricks to the world final in Hungary. There is also a football round robin where 10 teams of two robots play autonomous football against each other using an infra-red ball and seekers plus a compass sensor – a super charged and adrenaline-fueled tournament to test the builders!
Sunday: Corporate Inter-Company Challenge
Teams can win awesome prizes by programming a robot to solve various challenges on a competition table. Truly a fun and interactive experience for any corporate teams who might be interested in getting their coding on!