March 2020

Two students from the „Tehnička škola Daruvar, Croatia“ (Daruvar Secondary School) became the ultimate winners of the international competition ROBO-VEHICLE PILSEN 2020. The Pilsen Region Governor´s Office in cooperation with the University of West Bohemia organised the competition to motivate the grammar and vocational schools students for future mobility challenges. New Technologies – Research Centre (NTC) and two faculties represented the university. The competition took place in the heart of Europe - the beautiful City of Pilsen between 14 and 16 January 2020.

A total of 14 two-member teams from five countries of the world participated in the first year of the International Robotic Competition ROBO-VEHICLE PILSEN 2020. Involved students were from the Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Germany and Slovakia and they were 17- 21 years old.

The task of the competitors was to design robotic vehicles under specified conditions, present them in front of international judges in English and demonstrate the ride of the vehicle on predetermined track in the shortest possible time. I was very positively surprised by the students’ enthusiasm. Great impact also had the scientific environment of the university, where the first day of the contest took place. I hope that the future steps of these gifted students will lead to the University of West Bohemia,” said Deputy of Governor for the Pilsen Region Ivana Bartošová.

The results were announced in 3 categories. Judges evaluated also design apart already mentioned presentation in English and ride. Students also got special prices from the deputies of the Techmania Science Centre, the New Technologies – Research Centre of the University of West Bohemia, and the Faculty of Applied Science of the University of West Bohemia.

“NTC seeks every opportunity to support technical education and internationalization,” said Ludek Hyncik, vice-rector of the UWB and he continued that “In the future, there will be no borders in terms of technical progress and we need to educate students to cooperate in teams regardless of their country of origin. That is why we came up with ROBO 2020. I believe that by participating in such international event the students will become role models for their schoolmates.”

The first international year of the competition took place in Pilsen. The team from Tianjin Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Technology in China has volunteered for organising the competition in their country in January 2021.

Read more about the competition here.