Romania's team to 'FIRST Global Robotics Olympics' receives certificates of excellence from Romania's Embassy to US

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Romania's team participating, as of Sunday, in the "FIRST Global Robotics Olympics" in Washington, DC received certificates of excellence from the Embassy of Romania in Washington, DC as well as the country's flag, a release sent to AGERPRES on Saturday informs.

Photo source: Embassy of Romania to the US / Facebook

According to the quoted source, the certificates of excellence were bestowed "as a sign of appreciation for the contribution brought to promoting our country around the world, through applied scientific research."

In the message sent on this occasion, Ambassador of Romania George Cristian Maior revealed that, through this event, Romania's Embassy to the US wanted to show its appreciation for the members of the Olympic team who became true ambassadors of Romania, through the activity they carry out in the capital of the US.

"I was impressed by their intelligence, efforts and exceptional knowledge, that they have proved in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I congratulate you for what you have accumulated so far, for the success in the national robotics competition and I am convinced that you will further have an exceptional road," the Romanian Ambassador stated.

On this occasion, he also voiced admiration for the mentors who guided them, parents and sponsors who supported them.

"Be proud of your country and identity and know that here, in the US, Romania is very respected for the quality and training of its citizens, for its history and seriousness that we proved over the two decades of Romania — US strategic partnership, including on the science and technology dimension," Ambassador Maior also conveyed in his message.

The "FIRST Global Robotics Olympics," which is included in the world circuit of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) robotics competition, promotes the education platform called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

In the first edition, a number of 164 countries are to participate in, Romania being represented by the team called "Romanian Robotics Olympics," made up of seven high school pupils with outstanding results in the robotics area. They passed trials such as designing, programming, assembling and handling a robot on the global theme launched by FIRST Global of providing access to clean water. Guided by mentors, the team members have developed their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Romanian team is made up of Alexandru Florescu who is the official captain and a robotics design specialist, Alexandra Pacuraru who is the official spokesperson, Laura Pircalaboiu who is in charge of technical support and spokesperson of the technical team, Rares Badici who is an engineering and mechanics specialist and the first "driver" of the team, Oliver Szavuj who is the second "driver" of the team, Andrei Daha who is a programming specialist, Andrei Gabriel Preda, the specialist in engineering and mechanics, and mentors Cristian Vlasceanu and Ioan Doboaca.

The official opening of the "FIRST Global Robotics Olympics" takes place Sunday, on July 16, 2017, at 17:30 hrs at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, according to Romania's Embassy to the US. AGERPRES (RO — editor: Florin Stefan; EN — editor: Rodica Ionita)

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