Students from across China competed in the final round of a global robotics competition in Shanghai this weekend. Winners selected from 40 teams will advance to the world championship in the United States next month.
A gathering of robotics enthusiasts, 40 teams from all across China competing to qualify for the world championship of a robotics program called FIRST Tech Challenge. 17-year old high school student Zhu Jiading was over the moon to see his team winning.
"It is not just about designing, building and programming our robots; teamwork and other soft skills are also important. There is a lot for me to learn and explore," he said.
FIRST Tech Challenge is a global robotics program focused on middle and high schools, and the first competition in China was held in 2011.
"From the first ten teams that we started with, there are many teams that maybe struggle with some original coding problems or some original constructional problems, now they are on a whole different level, the teams that we've seen in the past few years, many of them can reach the same level as those teams in the U.S. or Australia, and we're very exited to see how they're gonna compete in the finals competition," said Andrew Bannish, program manager of SEMIA China.
Colleges, professional associations and companies are offering scholarships and access to robotics academics and industry to participants.
An audience said, "I wish there was such a competition when I was in high school. They are very lucky to have such opportunities."
According to the International Federation of Robotics, by 2017 China will have more robots than any other countries in the world. And the organizers of this event hope it will help the companies to find the talents and give these young students better access to the robot industry.