India to host ‘World Robot Olympiad’ 2016

NEW DELHI, India – November 26, 2015 – India will host the 13th edition of World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in New Delhi in November 2016. This is the first time, India has been chosen to host the event. National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) functioning under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India will host the international competition in collaboration with India STEM Foundation (ISF), a non-profit organization engaged in innovative usage of Robots and research based hands on learning tools in the areas of Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CS STEM).

The World Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition which brings together the youth from all over the world to showcase their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions.

Started with a membership of 12 countries in 2004, WRO has witnessed phenomenal growth and in 2015, the membership increased to more than 55 countries. WRO provides a platform to celebrate innovation & technology featuring thousands of young participants from across the world.

Shri G. S. Rautela, Director General, NCSM expressed that “Robotics is a wonderful creative platform to learn 21st century skills. It is a technical knowledge, tool and a system that contains sensors, control systems, manipulators, power supplies and software all working together to perform a task or solve problems of production, precision and control. Solving such problems leads to innovation, creativity and development of problem solving skills in students. Organisation of IRO & WRO will help in igniting interest and inspiring students to take challenges of science and technology.”

Mr Sudhanshu Sharma, Founder Director, ISF expressed that “this is a proud moment for us to have WRO 2016 in India. We are looking forward to welcome all the countries in India. We are committed to interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through robotics to create scientists, engineers, innovators of the future

The 13th WRO will be held in the second week of November 2016 where more than 400 teams from nearly 55 countries are expected to participate. NCSM and ISF being the organisers of the event, have planned to expose students from all over India to the field of Robotics through grass-root and regional level competitions so that more and more youth of the country reach out to the International platform, develop competitive skills and standards. Prior to this, NCSM will also organise Indian Robot Olympiad (IRO 2016) through network of 50+ Science Centres all over India. In WRO a team of three students can participate. Participating teams need to create, design and build robot models that look or behave like a human and solve a problem.

WRO competitions are held in four different categories:

  • Regular Category: The first competition introduced by WRO. It is a challenge based competition in which teams build robots that are designed to solve a given challenge set on a table.
  •  Open Category: Introduced as a theme based competition in which teams use their creativity and problem solving skills in constructing smart robotic solutions that complement the theme of the competition.
  • WRO GEN II Football: The newest category, introduced in 2010, in which two robots play a game of football (soccer) for 10 minutes. WRO share the rules for WRO GEN II Football with Robocup Junior Australia.
  • University Regular Category: A category specifically for students aged 17 to 25 to build a robot that is set with an advanced task.

At WRO 2015, held at Qatar recently, Indian participants won Gold and Silver Medals in Regular (Elementary category) and Silver Medal in Open Category (Junior High), for the first time.

Mr Rautela further added, “I wish to congratulate all the winners who represented India at WRO 2015, Qatar and who have competed with participants from all over the world. It’s a proud moment for all of us. We are glad that Indian Children are not just in the race globally but are also the global winners

Previous WRO competitions had been organized at- Taipei (2007), Yokohama, Japan (2008), Pohang, Korea (2009), Manila, Philippines (2010), Abu Dhabi, UAE (2011), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012), Jakarta, Indonesia (2013), Russia (2014) and Qatar (2015).

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About NCSM

NCSM, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India is the largest network of science centres/museums/planetariums in the world. Having its Headquarter in Kolkata, it manages 23 science museums/centres in addition to building another 23 centres and handing over to states and UT’s across the country. In addition it has developed 23 Science Centres and handed over to different States and Union Territories of India.  NCSM has also developed several centres and galleries for different Govt. organisations such as ONGC, BEL, ICAR and also collaborated internationally for development of Museum/Science Centres or for galleries such as Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Mauritius, ”India gallery on Buddhism’ at ‘International Buddhist Museum’, Sri Lanka etc. NCSM strives to communicate Science and empower people through its Mobile Science Exhibitions, Lectures and Demonstrations, Training and Workshops, Publications etc. NCSM has also sent exhibition to countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Russia, USA, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Bulgaria and France. In short, NCSM is Communicating Science and technology to empower people with knowledge of science and skills of technology and develop scientific attitude/temper. Science City Kolkata, developed by NCSM, is one of the best places to visit in India. For more details please visit the website

About ISF

India STEM Foundation (ISF) is a not-for-profit organisation engaged in generating interest among students towards computer science, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (CS-STEM) through the innovative use of Robotics learning platform and other research based hands-on learning tools. For details, pl. visit


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