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Winners of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition

on 18 September 2015

During 11-13 September took place the finals of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition, organised by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), in synergy with the European Space Education Resource Office - ESERO Romania, in Buzau County at the Muddy Vulcanoes. The event brought together nine teams of high school students across the country coordinated by a teacher, who accepted the challenge to build a planetary exploration rover and to measure their knowledge in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) with other competitors passionate about these areas.

The winners were the representatives of the Southeast Region 2, students of the Carmen Sylva Rover team from the "Carmen Sylva" College in Eforie South County. Students Andrei Mîndra, Ioana Barbuliceanu and Răzvan Ilie Armeanu Badea, coordinated by Mr. Prof. Serbu Florin-Constantin, managed to impress the jury with the quality of their project, the teamwork and by accomplishing with professionalism both the main and secondary mission of the competition.

Second place went to the Iris robotics team from South-East Region 2, from "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" National College in Focsani, Vrancea County. Students Andrei Marin, Tudor Cristian Maiereanu and Andra Gabriela Panfil, under the direction of Ms. Prof. Alina Maiereanu Gigliola, were appreciated due to the quality of their presentation, the team effort and not least the knowledge that they have accumulated during the competition.

The podium was completed by Spectrum team from Region 8 Bucharest-Ilfov, representatives of the "Tudor Vianu" National College Bucharest, composed of students Livia Măgureanu, Vlad-Cristian Panait and Matei-Cristian Ignuța-Ciuncanu coordinated by Ms. Prof. Ioana Stoica. They were appreciated by the jury for the versatility of their rover and the innovation value of their proposal.

All participating teams were able to present their projects in a professional manner, despite the bad weather conditions during the weekend when the finals took place. The participants and the coordinating teachers received diplomas, books and patches and the winners were awarded microcontrollers and 3D printing vouchers offered by Robofun and trophies.

Paxi, the mascot for children of the European Space Agency, joined the event to encourage participants and, not least, as a sign of support from the European Space Agency to such initiatives that aim to attract young people to science and to encourage them to pursue a career in this field.

The first edition of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for high school students was organised to awaken young people's interest space, to increase the quality of education through the training of professional skills for students and, not least, to encourage future scientists. The event took place from May to September 2015 and addressed to all high school students attending daily educational institutions in Romania, aged 14-19 years at the time of entering the contest.


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Image credit: ROSA