Bulgarian robotics team KASAPIN40 qualified for the world final of the international robotics competition for students from 10 to 16 years FIRST LEGO League (FLL).
KASAPIN40 became fourth in the european finals, which took place on 13th and 14th January in Cottbus, Germany. Alexander Krastev, Vasil Vasilev, Marin Shalamanov, Martina Stancheva and Hristo Zhelev, students at National High School of Mathematics, competed with another 24 teams from 8 countries. The Bulgarians were among the top 6 in each category – research project, team work, robot game and technical interview. This guaranteed them the fourth place in the competition. The young students from KASAPIN40, who attend for first time in their life competition of that rank, surprised the audience, the organisers and the jury with their mastership.
For the first time Bulgarians were invited to take part in the jury – Kiril MItov and Ekaterina Anachkova from School of Robotics “Robopartans” evaluated the teams in the categories technical interview and research project.
KASAPIN40 now faces another challenge – the world finals of the competition, which will take place in June in Mannheim, Germany. There they will meet 67 teams from 36 countries.
“The euphory is great and the feeling is amazing to be a coach of such a great team” commented Petar Petrov and Tsvetko Trendafilov, employees at SAP Labs Bulgaria, exclusive sponsor of the FLL local tournament in Bulgaria. The regional round of this competition was organised for the first time in Bulgaria by the non-governmental organisation ICT School and School of Robotics “Robopartans”.
“I hope to make this competition a tradition in Bulgaria, at least because of the talented students we have in Bulgaria. We hope that this year more companies from the IT sector will support us.” said Kiril Mitov, founder and executive officer of the School of Robotics “Robopartans”.
FIRST LEGO League is held annually. The topic is different each year and it is related to a worldwide problem. This year’s topic is Food Factor. In 2012 the topic will be Senior Solutions.
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