For the first time in its 9-year-old history the contest was held simultaneously for Primary, Middle and High School students from all over Greece. For this purpose WRO Hellas and their strategic partner, Cosmote, decided to host the contest in the Kasimatis Sports Hall of the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Our mission was to turn the sports hall, usually a handball court into a space designed for the contest.
2500 sqm of carpet and 2 km of wire were used to create a fully operational robotics contest. Half of the sports hall was desgined to serve as an exhibition area for the Primary and High school students’ project while the other half was laid out with tables were middle school students had to build from scratch and program a robot to compete on a specific track. WRO Hellas and Cosmote were represented in every corner of the hall with branding, through the contests main visuals. A huge LED screen was set up and four cameras and a director were employed to to project the going-ons for every student and attendee who wanted to see the action playing on.
The day started early with speeches by the president of WRO Hellas, OTE Group’s CRP director and Stamatis Krimizis, the Head Emeritus of the Space Department Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Before the final results were announced, Dimitris Makalias and Zisis Roubos were invited on stage to perform an improv routine to entertain everyone.
All this resulted in a whole day, full of fun, science and fair play for all students and attendees.