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Finalists announced for the Exo-RO National Rover Competition

on 25 June 2015

The preselection phase of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition ended on 21 June at 23:59, ten of the fifteen registered teams being selected to participate in the final stage of the contest, which will run from June to September 2015.

The event is organised for the first time in Romania by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) in synergy with the European Space Education Resource Office - ESERO Romania, and will offer High School students the opportunity to learn in a practical way and to familiarize with the methodology of scientific research, to embrace new concepts, to deepen and strengthen technology and programming knowledge and, not least, to learn the importance of coordination and teamwork.

The original rules of the competition, which stated that within the preselection a representative team from each of the eight development regions of Romania will be selected, has undergone some changes, as the registered teams come from only four of these regions.The quality of the applications received was very high and the Selection Comitee decided to award ten slots for this competition.

The jury composed of Mr. Prof. Victor Sutac (Suceava), Space Ambassador (Region 1 Northeast), contributor of ESERO Romania and representative of the undergraduate area, Mr. Prof. Alexander Iovanovici (Timisoara), from the academia and Ms. Cristina Stancu (Bucharest) from ESERO Romania, decided on the basis of the evaluation criteria to send in the final stage the following teams:

  • RoboKingPeter, Children's Palace Suceava, jud.Suceava;
  • Spectrum, National College of Informatics "Tudor VIANU", Bucharest;
  • CarmenSylvaRover, High School "Carmen Sylva", Eforie Sud, Constanta County;
  • AstroLab, National College "Nicolae Balcescu" Braila, Braila County;
  • Tomis, National College "Mircea cel Batran" Constanta, Constanta County;
  • RobotsRover National College "Dragos Voda" , Campulung Moldovenesc, Suceava County;
  • Soyuz, Economic College Buzau, Buzau County;
  • IrisRobotics National College "Alexandru Ioan Cuza", Focsani , Vrancea County;
  • TheHaze , Lyceum "Nicolae Balcescu " , Cluj- Napoca , Cluj County;
  • AutoVortex 5843 , the National College of Informatics " Tudor VIANU ", Bucharest;

In the final stage of the Exo-RO rover competition, the ten selected teams will build during 25 June - September the rover proposed in the application form, respecting all the phases of a typical robotics project, from target selection, design and integration of the components, up to the final system test. The challenge for each rover is to fulfill both the main and the secondary mission of the competition:

The main scientific mission - mandatory for each team - consists in moving the rover by remote-control to a fixed point notwithstanding the time lag that would exist in reality between the explored location and the control center, the measurement of some parameters (atmospheric pressure and temperature of the environment) and sending images. The rover must respect the maximum mass of 2.5 kg and a given maximum volume considering the sizes: L = 40cm, l = 30cm, h = 20cm.

The secondary mission is to collect scientific samples and using sensors on board the rover to measure other local parameters (eg. atmospheric composition, light level, humidity) in order to determine the human habitability of the site as well as the posibility of life existence (methane analysis, moisture, pH, radiation etc.) using sensors by choice.

Also in this stage, the finalist teams will open a Facebook page with the name of the team, and the challenge for them is to gather a large number of fans, to keep them informed on the progress of their project and to raise awareness for their participation in the robotics competition for High School students.

A novelty in the rules of the competition in the second phase is the introduction of the obligation to present a technical report to the jury before the final and to prepare a ppt presentation of the project and of the team for the final.

Judging criteria in final phase

The finalist teams will be evaluated by taking into account the following elements: educational value (20%), technical achievements (50%), teamwork (15%), popularization of the project (15%). More details about the judging criteria are available here.

The presentation of the projects will take place at the same time with the award ceremony at Muddy Volcanoes in September 2015. The official date will be later announced by the organisers.

More Information about the competition is available here