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Robotics event unites East and West

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:45 PDT, Tue September 3, 2019

Last Updated: 4:24 PDT, Tue September 3, 2019

East met West when some 30 youth teams gathered at the University of British Columbia recently for an international robotics competition.

East met West when some 30 youth teams gathered at the University of British Columbia recently for an international robotics competition.

On Aug. 9 and 10, Richmond-based RoboPlanet Education and Community Society and the Institute for Education and Sports Development co-hosted more than 100 competitors from North America and China at the Enjoy AI North American Open. Specifically designed and organized for students aged five to 17, the competition was initiated by a non-profit organization, the Federation of Global Youth Artificial Intelligence, and sponsored by Whales Bot. 

During the competition, teams competed in two rounds; which include completing specific missions with their custom-built robots, as well as presenting their robots to judges. Competitors not only practiced their mechanical and programming skills, but also enhanced their teamwork and problem-solving skills while sharing their interests in robotics with each other. 

During the judging process, two students from RoboPlanet left a deep impression on the judges. Despite their age, they were confidently standing on the stage, vividly sharing their stories of robotics, and passionately expressing their love towards robotics.

The ENJOY AI North American Open Competition is a first step of toward  encouraging more children to explore their interests in robotics. Hoping to provide technical support and to boost development of STEM education, Whales Bot plans to further collaborate with more local elementary and secondary schools in North America with their official designated competition robotics set. 

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