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The finalists of the Exo-RO Rover competition are getting ready to line up at the start

on 29 January 2021

The pre-selection stage of the National Rover Competition Exo-RO 2020-2021 has ended. Eight teams will compete in the final that will take place between 9 March and 14 March 2021. We thank all the teams that entered the competition and we wish good luck to the teams lined up at the start.

The event is organised 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, practice and become familiar with the methodology of scientific research, to acquire new concepts, to deepen or consolidate knowledge of technology and programming and, last but not least, to learn the importance of coordination and teamwork. All this will happen based on a hybrid approach to learning by combining school activities with remote activities.



The jury decided on the basis of the evaluation criteria to send the following teams to the final stage:

  1. Rover the hills from National College of Informatics „Tudor Vianu” from Bucharest
  2. Sentinel from National College of Informatics „Matei Basarab” from Valcea
  3. Mikó from „Székely Mikó” High School Sfantul Gheorghe from Covasna
  4. GRASP from National College „Alexandru cel Bun” Gura Humorului from Suceava
  5. MaxiTehnicus from National College „Andrei Saguna” from Brasov
  6. CoderDojo Oradea Space Robotics from CoderDojo Oradea from Bihor
  7. Helios from Arts High School „Sabin Dragoi” Fine Arts High School from Arad
  8. Black Sea Rov from National College „Mircea cel Batran” from Constanta

In the final stage of the Exo-RO rover competition, the eight selected teams will have 25 January to 8 March 2021 to build the rover proposed in the registration form, respecting all the typical phases of a robotics project, from the selection of objectives, component design and integration, all the way until the system is finally tested.

The teams will design the rovers, build them and send them to the jury. Afterwards they will be launched on an imposed route that has a maximum length of 30 metres, located in a very offering place in terms of landscape. During previous editions, the rovers explored the muddy volcanoes in Buzau, the underground environment in Bacau and an aquatic environment in Timisoara.

More details about the competition calendar is available in this article.

Image credit: ESERO RO