For the first time the WRO international final will take us to the Americas! Coming November, we will travel to San Jose, Costa Rica for WRO 2017. We are proud to present the new Regular and Open Category challenges, the Football game and a whole new Advanced Robotics Challenge game called Tetrastack. Costa Rica is famous for its unique biodiversity and natural resources. That is why sustainability is an important theme in the country. And that is why sustainable development is the key of this year’s WRO theme: Sustainabots: Robots for Sustainability.
Visit the special WRO2017 website for the games and rules and all other information:
WRO 2017 is being organized by Aprender Haciendo, in collaboration with MICITT, the Costa Rica Ministry of Science, Technology and Communication.
Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in the Americas. It is a country proud of its heritage and tradition of negotiation over confrontation, social development over military spending and tolerance over hostility.
Costa Rica abolished its military forces in 1949 and since then has devoted substantial resources to investment in health and education. It is a country that has placed a high priority in investing in public education, including the university system, as well as technical and vocational training.
Since 1869, public education in Costa Rica is free and mandatory. The educational system is ranked 32nd in the world, the highest in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009. Its population of 4.4 million people enjoys a literacy rate of 96% and a life expectancy of 79.3 years.
Costa Rica’s commitment to economic growth and social development has driven its economy towards diversification, including the creation of very strong sectors in advanced manufacturing, medical devices, services and tourism. Today, Costa Rica exports thousands of distinctive products to the world and is highly recognized as one of the top 30 leading exporters of high-tech products. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country’s political stability and high education levels. Over 200 global companies have chosen Costa Rica as an establishment location.
All these changes have translated into important social achievements. In the last 20 years poverty was reduced from 40% to less than 20%.