|“When we were kids, there was a lot more stuff we could take apart and break and put back together,” said Dr. Fraser M. Smith. “WRO helps re-create opportunities for kids to discover technology and robotics, and it has been successful in getting students excited at an early age about math, science and college. It’s working and it’s growing.”|
One of the largest international robotic competitions in the world, WRO 2011, was hosted by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and sponsored in part by Raytheon. More than 1,500 students from 34 countries around the world convened in Abu Dhabi Nov. 18-20, 2011 for the eighth annual International World Robot Olympiad (WRO).
Students competed in teams of three to create, design and build robots to solve specifi c problems or challenges by applying their knowledge in science, engineering, mathematics and computer programming. WRO is one of many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives Raytheon supports in the Middle East and around the globe to help students develop innovation and problem-solving skills and advance in science and technology.
Raytheon’s Dr. Fraser Smith, president of Raytheon Sarcos, met and provided advice to many student teams at the competition. He also delivered a keynote speech to mark the offi cial opening of the fourth WRO International Symposium on Robotics in Education and took part in a special panel discussion on the future of robotics in education.