Students from the robotics club at the Alexander Dubček Primary School in Martin represented Slovakia at the RoboCup world event, held on 27-30 July in Nagoya, Japan. In the category Dance (Robot Dance), they prepared a performance with the theme of the famous mole cartoon, which is known even in the distant Japan. Their story was about the mole making a robot and showing it to his friends.
"They liked it very much and they really knew it, so they were very excited about it," said Matúš Adamko, a team member from the Alexander Dubček Primary School. "It was a great experience for us, because there were teams from all over the world, and we're glad we could get there too, from our little city of Martin," Matúš said, summing up his feelings from the competition.
"The road to the competition was very difficult. It all mainly depended on the finances, which were very important, so our willing and valued sponsors deserve great thanks ", Bibiana Kahánková from Alexander Dubček Primary School in Martin evaluated the difficulty of securing the means for the trip.
"These were unforgettable experiences and adventures for these children. Considering that our kids were participating in this kind of competition for the first time, they didn't lack the necessary confidence. I was happy that they were able to communicate in English through the entire competition, including difficult technical tests. It's a tremendous experience for them to participate in a world competition. It's a meeting of countries that invest a lot into primary schools and it was obvious from how well their teams were prepared, so there is a lot of catching up for us to do", Bibiana Kahánková appreciated the benefits of this trip.
"In 2015 we exclusively supported students from Zvolen at the Robotics World Championship in China. We are glad that this year we have also enabled gifted children, this time from Martin, to travel to RoboCup in Japan. In addition to experiences, motivation, and inspiration in the field of robotics this gave the children an opportunity to learn about and respect other cultures, which we consider to be very important in today's world", said Michal Bróska, Director of PosAm Product Management Division, in regard to the support by PosAm.
For more about how the robotics team from Martin fared at the RoboCup 2017 competition in Nagoya, Japan and what are their impressions from the competition, watch the TV Turiec report, in their main news dated September 1 starting at 30 seconds.