The National Robot Olympiad that takes place this weekend in Costa Rica is a preparatory event for the World Robot Olympiad, which the Central American country will host from Nov. 10-12.
"This year the National Olympiad has a very important character because we are preparing our teams to be part of the global event, for which we will have the possibility for the first time to augment our participation," said the representative of the WRO in Costa Rica Alejandra Sanchez.
Through a statement, Sanchez stated that the ultimate goal of the national Olympics and the global event is to promote science and technology with children and to promote the training of future specialists in these areas, as well as in engineering and technical careers.
The national event is the largest event of its kind in Costa Rica, during which, 310 teams, made up of young people between the ages of six and 25 years old, will look to classify for the worldwide robotic event later in the year.
It is the first time the WRO will be held in the Americas. Since Costa Rica is known for its sustainability efforts, the WRO chose the country as the host for this year's theme: "Sustainabots: Robots for Sustainability."
The WRO is "an event for science, technology and education which brings together young people all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions," according to its web site.
The international organization started in Asia but is now present in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, North America and Australia, with a membership of almost 50 countries.
According to the WRO web site, "World Robot Olympiad is only made possible with the help of our National Organizers in our member countries. Every year they organize local, regional and national WRO competitions and make WRO available for an increasing number of children."