Current Announcements:

April 17th, 2020

WRO Foundation Announces Fundraising Campaign to Support Student Online Access to STEM Education Opportunities

The “Learning Never Stops” Campaign is Phase 2 of the WRO Foundation’s three-phase response strategy to the current Coronavirus Pandemic sweeping the United States and the World. The targeted goal is to provide FREE access for more than 1,000 students to participate in our recently announced online virtual robotics courses and the WRO USA National Virtual Robotics Tournament targeted for September 2020.

“Students in the United States, and world-wide, are being challenged to maintain their skills and interest in STEM-related activities due to the shutdown of many academic institutions and social distancing as their communities deal with COVID-19” stated Larry Rzepka, President of the WRO Foundation. “In addition, parents have to deal with the realities of unemployment and job furloughs as the virus takes its toll on the economy. The WRO Foundation feels it is imperative that we try and help in some small way.”

The “Learning Never Stops” Campaign will provide underwriting and scholarship funds to enable students across the United States to participate in our new online course-work, qualifying tournament rounds and the USA National Virtual Finals at no cost to the student and their parents.

Phase 1 of the WRO Foundation’s COVID-19 response strategy was the development and launch of two online courses:

· Introduction to Virtual Robotics: a series of lessons for elementary, middle and high school students who have had very little or no experience with robotics;

· WRO Virtual Robotics Skills Course: intended for an audience of students who have had previous experience in WRO physical robotics tournaments and wish to expand and adapt their knowledge into the virtual world.

Please consider a donation to support the WRO Foundation’s efforts to help the youth of our nation continue their education without pressure from current economic challenges facing their parents. Your contribution is tax deductible: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/learning-never-stops.

For more information on how your child can participate in the WRO Foundation’s free online virtual robotics courses, please go to: www.wro-foundation.org/get-involved/.

April 7th, 2020

WRO Foundation/WRO USA to Offer Free Lessons in Virtual Robotics

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the WRO Foundation/WRO USA will be launching a FREE series of lessons for elementary, middle and high school students who have had very little or no experience with robotics entitled “Introduction to Virtual Robotics” to be aired beginning Thursday, April 9, 2020 on both the

1. WRO USA Facebook page – https://facebook.com/wrousa

2. WRO Foundation YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Iciw8STMmR-fp9cijJYaA?view_as=public

Hosted by Alex Crooks, World Robot Olympiad (WRO) USA Program Director, the weekly series (new courses uploaded every Thursday at 4:00 pm EST), will take the participants through a beginner’s course of basic skills to assist young people with their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and having fun learning robotics. The weekly sessions will be followed-up with a live streaming session on Fridays at 4:00 pm EST to cover the material they learned on the previous day.

An additional FREE course will also be offered on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm EST entitled “WRO Virtual Robotics Skills Course” intended for an audience of students who have had previous experience in WRO physical robotics tournaments and wish to expand and adapt their knowledge into the virtual world. This will also be aired on both the WRO USA Facebook page and YouTube Channel beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This series will also be followed-up with a live streaming session on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm EST to discuss the material from the previous day.

All participants in either course will receive access to a FREE 60-day trial license for the Virtual Robotics Toolkit Simulator designed by Cogmation Robotics.

For more information or questions on the FREE courses being offered from the WRO Foundation/WRO USA, please send your inquiries to: info@wro-foundation.org.