The Greek team of Robot Masters, which was awarded in the Open European Championship held in Pamplona, Spain, charmed both the jury and participants. The Greek team consisted of elementary and high school students from Thessaloniki, northern Greece.
This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury”. The team studied the volcanic eruptions and emphasized on the volcano of Santorini, presenting their proposals on how to reduce risk from volcanic eruptions. The Robot Masters proposed the transfer of the existing volcano’s Monitoring Observatory in a safe area while enhancing preventive public information by creating a model center for Volcanic Education.
The team printed a brochure and created a video presenting their opinion to the public. They also contacted the Mayor of Santorini who said that their proposal will be examined by the Municipal Council.
The competition included 96 teams from 42 countries from around the world. The Robot Masters obtained the maximum score (5/5) for their study on transferring the volcano’s Monitoring Observatory but also for the team’s moral values.
The Robot Masters won third place in the “Robot Performance” competition but also the “Robot Demo Award” for their qualification to the competition’s grand finale. Having gained the most points in the two evaluation categories (Project Challenge and Core Values), the team was also nominated for prizes in Research, Innovation, Presentation, Inspiration, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism (Sportsmanship).
The Robot Masters’ aim is to inspire their peers while promoting creativity and cooperation. They also want to inspire businesses to invest in pioneering educational programs and to help their school create an organized robotics laboratory.