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Dobot Russia Invitational Competition Enclosed with Success at “Wind of Change” UNESCO IITE Week 2019


From Nov. 25-29, the 2nd International Exchange Program hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), and co-hosted by the government of St. Petersburg, the Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI), Herzen University and Dobot, took place in St. Petersburg and Moscow. This event coincided with the XIV International Festival for Students & Teachers-Wind of Changes of UNESCO IITE Week. The International Exchange Program enabled Russian and Chinese students to participate in a series of education programs including the Russia Invitational Competition while immersing themselves in the culture of some of Russia's most exciting cities.

The International Exchange Program 2019 lasted 5 days and crossed 2 cities in Russia. Backed by the success and experience of the previous year, Dobot teams not only upgraded the year’s Russia Invitational Competition and rolled out new competition theme, but also made this international trip more than just a simple competition by adding cultural excursions to local schools and some of Russia’s most fascinating historical sites. Compared to last years’ 30+ contestants, this year 56 students and teachers from 14 schools including 7 Russian teams and 5 Chinese teams took full participation in the competition.

The International Exchange Program 2019 did not just provide a platform where students and teachers could test their robotics learning and get recognized for their creativity, competencies and collaboration, it also gave them great opportunities to exchange ideas and feelings with foreign individuals with shared interests and passion but of different cultural background, which Dobot hoped could somehow contribute to China and Russia cultural and people-to-people exchange.

A number of renowned education experts and distinguished guests attended the event, including Mrs. Tchernova Natalia, dean of the Faculty of Secondary Professional Education, Mr. Sergey Soleny, Director of SUAI Engineering School, Mr. Wu Fucai, General Manager of  Dobot Shandong, Mr. Stas Chernyshov, Head of methodical and technical departments Dobot products in Russia, and Mr. Eugeny Kvas, Head of Laboratory for Robotics, SUAI Engineering School.

Day One: Visit Russian Local School & UNESCO’s Educational Programs

On the morning of Nov. 25, the Chinese delegation was invited to the Gymnasium № 664 of the Krasnogvardeisky District in St. Petersburg. The students in the No. 664 School welcomed their Chinese guests by performing several programs both in Chinese and Russian, and connected to the Laoshan Experimental Primary School of Qingdao as both of these schools are part of the UNESCO IITE’s HSEDU pilot project. In the afternoon, the Russian teams went to SUAI engineer school and received a detailed introduction of Dobot Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge.

Chinese teams visiting No. 664 School, accompanied by Dobot staff

Day Two: Opening Ceremony of the Competition, Competition Introduction & Training

On Nov. 26, the opening ceremony of Dobot Manufacturing Challenge-Russia Invitational Competition took place in SUAI Engineering School. Ms. Tchernova Natalia, dean of SUAI Faculty of Secondary Professional Education addressed the ceremony and extended warm welcome to the Chinese teams. In her speech, Ms. Tchernova mentioned that they took their team to compete in the global finals of Dobot Manufacturing Challenge in Beijing this August.

Both Chinese and Russian teams attended the competition introduction and training. SUAI Engineer School was said to value this opportunity very much and hoped that the contest would help their students gain a deeper understanding of how intelligent robots could be applied in real life. According to Mr. Sergey Soleny, director of SUAI Engineering School, Dobot robotic arms have been selected as the special course in the school.

Training Session for Dobot Manufacturing Challenge

After the ceremony, all 12 participating teams got down to practicing. During the practice, Russian and Chinese students showed great commitment and dedication to robots and their shared passion for robotics helped them break down the language barrier and engage in lively exchanges and discussion.

Day Three: The 2nd Russia Invitational Competition Kicked Off

On Nov. 27, Dobot Manufacturing Challenge – Russia Invitational Competition officially kicked off in SUAI Engineer School. The contest covered primary school, middle school and high school groups. All 12 participating teams went through dozens of selective trials and stood out from thousands of teams before coming to St. Petersburg competing. One of the Russian teams went to Beijing for the Global Finals of Dobot Manufacturing Challenge 2019 this August.

As the newly-introduced theme under Dobot Robotics Competition, Dobot Ecohero Challenge was set up in an experiential zone for participants to try out. “Dobot Ecohero Challenge” is a mock garbage classification, designing to foster students’ creative thinking skills while raising their awareness of environmental protection. Quite a number of students and teachers tried this new contest and commended the original idea and message behind the contest.

Day Four: Award Ceremony & Experience Russia Culture & History in St. Petersburg

On the morning of Nov. 28, after the nerve-wracking competition, the Chinese visiting group immersed themselves in sheer grandeur and history of Russia's imperial capital. The team spent a few hours in the Hermitage and saw perhaps the best collections of Russian art in the world. They also went to the Alexander Column, the fabulous Cathedral of the Spilled Blood and Catherine Palace and Park.

Chinese teams visiting the Hermitage Museum, accompanied by Dobot staff

In the afternoon, the closing ceremony was held in School #1, Regional Coordination Centre for ASPnet. At the ceremony, Mrs. Natalia Amelina, senior national project officer in Education, Chief of the Unit "Teacher Professional Development and Networking" UNESCO IITE and Mr. Wu Fucai, General Manager of Dobot Shandong, among other honor guests delivered speeches and presented trophies and certificates to all the winners. The team from School № 334 of the Nevsky District won the champion for primary school group while Shijiazhuang No.23 Middle School claimed the title for middle school group and No.2 team from Fengxian Middle School for high school group.

Shanghai Fengxian Middle School

Complete List of Winners

Day Five: Visit UNESCO IITE & Other Well-Known Sites in Moscow

On Nov. 29, the visiting group came to the UNESCO Institute of Educational Information Technology (IITE) in Moscow. Director of the institute Mr. Zhan Tao received and welcomed the Chinese teams. After the meeting, the teams went to a few worldly-famous sites in Moscow including Holy Trinity Cathedral and Grand Kremlin Palace. After learning and exchanging ideas at the robotic competition, the teachers and students of the study group also made time to experience Russia's unique cultural background and customs.

The Chinese team met with Director of the UNESCO IITE Mr. Zhan Tao (in the center)

Mr. Fucai Wu, general manager of Dobot Shangdong Division was imbued with promises about next year’s exchange program. “This year we put in great efforts to improve and pull off this program. We are very happy to see this event turn out well and leave many unforgettable memories. In the future, Dobot will step up our efforts and look forward to working with strategic partners across the world in order to create diverse event like this and get more students and schools involved, while staying committed to helping build a technology-supported, more inclusive education system that knows no borders.”