WRO 2017 – Costa Rica

In 2017, the WRO international final took place on the American continent for the first time as Costa Rica hosted WRO 2017.

Preparations commenced in 2014 when Aprender Haciendo, national organizer in Costa Rica, presented a proposal to the Ministry of Science and Technology for Costa Rica to host the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in 2017. As the initiative was aligned with the development and promotion objectives of science and technology in Costa Rica, the government of Costa Rica through its different ministries decided to participate in the project.

In November 2015, the Minister of Science and the Minister of Tourism travelled to WRO 2015 in Qatar and presented to the WRO Advisory Council the proposal for Costa Rica to host the WRO international final in 2017. This demonstrated the strong commitment that the government and the country had with this project.

During the following 2 years, under the leadership of Aprender Haciendo, an organizing committee was formed, made up of different public and private institutions from different sectors of the country, including: Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Presidential Office, National Migration Office, National Congress, Universities, National Learning Institute (INA), National Instruments, Omar Dengo Foundation and Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

392 teams from 53 countries participated in WRO 2017 and in next couple of years 10 more countries in the region joined WRO.