The All-Russian Underwater Robotics Competition was held in Vladivostok on Friday, May 7. It was attended by 25 teams of schoolchildren and students from different regions of Russia who demonstrated their ability to design and control underwater robots, TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Circle Movement of the National Technology Initiative (NTI).
Competitions were held in five categories: ROV (remotely operated unmanned underwater vehicles) junior schoolchildren, ROV secondary schoolchildren, ROV senior schoolchildren and students, ROV junior schoolchildren (remotely), and AUV (autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles). Schoolchildren and students from Moscow, Vladivostok, Grozny, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Orenburg, Blagoveshchensk, Ussuriysk, Asino (Tomsk Region), and Monchegorsk (Murmansk Region) took part in the event. It is specified that the youngest participants were 6-7 years old.
During the preparation for the final, the teams had to develop their own underwater robots and perform special tasks in the pool dedicated to the current problems of the world’s oceans, such as cleaning the surface and water column from plastic debris, saving coral reefs, and others. The results of the competition will be taken into account in the digital competition of schoolchildren’s competencies “Talent 20.35”, the winners of which can receive up to 10 additional points to the Unified State Exam upon admission to more than 100 Russian universities.
In addition, high school students who are winners in the ROV category will represent Russia at the International Underwater Robotics Competition in the United States in June 2021.