The NAO Challenge High School Competition premiers in the US

After the NAO Challenge’s first year of success in France, Aldebaran has expanded the inter-school competition to the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy and, beginning today, the United States, with a NAO robot as the grand prize. U.S. registration open online until March 15, 2015.

Aldebaran, the world leader in humanoid robotics, launches the first edition of NAO Challenge contest in the United States. The goal with the competition is to get students excited and motivated about learning, especially in technical and programming topics, Aldebaran saw great success in France with the competition and is thrilled to be able to allow even more schools globally to participate.

This one-of-a-kind competition is designed in collaboration with teachers to be beneficial and suitable for all math, science, programming and technology disciplines included in STEM learning.

The NAO Challenge prompts teamwork and creativity while enforcing STEM topics through interactive challenges. Working in teams of 2-5 students, with a teacher mentor, students compete in 4 different contests as explained on the NAO Challenge website. A complete list of entry details and competition guidelines can also be found there.

In order to encourage all students to participate whether their school has a NAO robot or not, Aldebaran will donate a version of Choregraphe, software development platform, to each team.

During the months leading to the finals, the NAO Challenge Team will host different workshops to train teachers and let student teams test their applications on an actual robot. Finals will take place in Longmont, Colorado in June 2015, during which a local jury of professors and partners will decide the winner of each category. Many prizes are available to win, including a NAO as the grand prize.

Driving technical and STEM learning is a global challenge, and we, at Aldebaran, are happy to promote a fun, interactive way to learn.

Timeline for 2015 U.S. NAO Challenge includes:

  • March 1: Competition starts
  • March 15: Online Registration closes
  • June: Competition finals

The 2015 U.S. edition of the NAO Challenge is with support from the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District. This partnership was developed partly with support of a Race to the Top grant from the Department of Education.

In 2013, 40 high schools took part in NAO Challenge in France; 220 European schools are already registered to participate in the competition this year.

About Aldebaran

Established in 2005, Aldebaran has 450 employees and is headquartered in France with offices in China, Japan and the United States. For almost 10 years, Aldebaran has been driving technology into a new world by designing humanoid robots and has become the worldwide leader in humanoid robotics. Our robots (NAO, Pepper, Romeo) are used in more than 70 countries in various fields, such as research, education, retail, care, tourism or entertainment. Aldebaran is a SoftBank Group company, holding 96% of its capital as of March 4, 2015.

Aldebaran, names and logos NAO, Romeo, Pepper and NAOqi are registered trademarks of Aldebaran in France and other countries.

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