The 2023 World Robot Contest will be held in Zhengzhou, capital city of northern China’s Henan Province, on October 27-29.
As one of the most important STEM-related contests, this event will take place for the first time in Henan.
It is expected to draw in more than 5,000 participants, mostly underage students, from around the country to Zhengzhou to take part in the competitions.
According to the website of the World Robot Contest, it is an important part of the World Robot Conference every year.
The competition consists of selection, final and tournament, which revolve around scientific research, skills and popular science education, all with a focus on robotics.
For instance, the host will organize matches on brain-machine interface, space robotics, robotic application and design and more.
China has been making significant inroads in the development, application and popularization of robotics over the past few years.
A key aspect of this endeavor is to train youth talent with an interest in robotics and prepare them for future employment in this industry.
This involves teaching robotics as a subject in some of the country’s public schools.
Organized annually since its inception in 2015, the contest has brought together more than 200,000 contestants from over 20 countries and regions across the globe.
Dubbed the “Olympic Games” of the robotics community, every year the event saw thousands of student applications, with the age groups ranging from seven-year-old primary school pupils to adult students studying at universities.
This year, the contest will be divided into 12 categories, meant to test the participants on their team spirit, strategy, division of labor, and practical skills.
The goal is to stimulate student creativity in the realm of robotics as well as to encourage a closer integration of industry, academia and research institutes, the organizer says.