7 high-school students with outstanding performances in robotics represent Romania at the “FIRST Global Robotics Olympics” in Washington DC

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The Embassy of Romania in Washington, D.C. honored the Romanian team’s participation at “FIRST Global Robotics Olympics”, held in the US Capital, giving its members diplomas of excellence as an appreciation for their contribution to promoting our country abroad through the applied scientific research. The team also received a Romanian flag from the embassy.

In the message sent on this occasion, the Romanian Ambassador George Cristian Maior mentioned that through this event, the Embassy of Romania in the US wished to show the appreciation for the members of the Olympic team, who, through their work in the US Capital, become real ambassadors of Romania.

“I was impressed by the intelligence, the efforts and the outstanding knowledge you showed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I congratulate you for your achievements so far, for your success in the national robotics competition, and I am sure that you will continue to have an exceptional career. I also wish to express my consideration for the mentors who guided you and taught you about science and the values of the teamwork, which guarantees the best performance. Not at last, I congratulate your parents who supported you, the sponsors who were with you generously, and the Association Natie prin Educatie, for an activity which inspires our full respect. Be proud of our country and identity, and be informed that here, in the United States of America, Romania is very respected for the quality and the preparation of its citizens, for its history and for the seriousness we proved over two decades of Romanian-American strategic partnership, including in science and technology” reads the message of the Ambassador George Cristian Maior.

“FIRST Global Robotics Olympics”, which is included in the world circuit of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) robotics competitions, promotes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational platform.

The first edition will be attended by 164 countries, Romania being represented by the “Romanian Robotics Olympics” team, consisting of 7 high-school students with outstanding performances in robotics. They were tested in fields like designing, programming, assembling and handling a robot on the global theme launched by FIRST Global, namely providing access to clean water. Guided by their mentors, the members of the team have developed their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The members of the Romanian team are: Alexandru Florescu, Official Team Captain and Robot Design Specialist; Alexandra Pacuraru, Official Team Spokesperson; Laura Pircalaboiu, Official Technical Support and Team Technical Spokesperson; Rares Badici, Official Mechanics and Engineering Specialist and Team Driver 1; Oliver Szavuj, Team Technical Spokesperson and Team Driver 2; Andrei Daha, Official Programming Specialist; Andrei Gabriel Preda, Official Mechanics and Engineering Specialist, and their mentors are: Cristian Vlasceanu and Ioan Doboaca.

The opening of “FIRST Global Robotics Olympics” took place on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C.