While we do support all the listed competitions, we prefer to focus on Robofest and DestructoBots. We also have a great affinity for for the first programs and we are currently supporting a number of Junior-FLL teams that will exhibit their work at our 20 year celebrations on November 4, 2017.
Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Computer Science. Students design, construct, and program the robots. Any robotics kits are allowed in the construction of robots. Robots can be programmed with any programming language. Robofest programs support Computer Science for All.
Since 2000, over 20,000 students have competed in Robofest, including teams from 14 US States, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, England, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Singapore, and South Africa.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills. Read more about FIRST
Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century skills. Solving robotic challenges builds innovation, creativity and problem solving skills in students, and because robotics cross multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math, and computer programming. The most rewarding part of designing robots is that students have fun, work together as a team, and learning occurs as naturally as breathing air.
WRO has been building this learning platform for 11 years now. Our first robotics competition was in 2004 where we had 12 countries and 4000 teams. In 2015 we had 55 countries and close to 22,000 teams from around the world taking part in WRO activities in local, regional, and national competitions.
We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the volunteers, organizers, and participants for making WRO such a huge success. Read more here