(JNS.org) A team of 9th-graders from a high school
in Rehovot, Israel, won the RoboCup 2013 international robotics competition in
Holland with their robotic re-enactment of a Jewish wedding, returning to
Israel on Wednesday night with the first-place trophy.
The winning team in the 2013 RoboCup, from a high school in Rehovot, Israel. Credit: Provided photo.
The competition included contestants from more
than 40 countries, including the U.S., Australia, Slovenia and Turkey. The
students had been tasked with creating robots to act out one of three
scenarios: A soccer match between a pair of two-person robot teams, a
choreographed dance, or a rescue robot that can identify victims at disaster
scenes and navigate to safety.
“We [the students and I] built bride and groom
robots that, using sensors, know to enter the wedding canopy and start dancing.
The robots we built are considered tall, at 1.3 meters [4 feet], and that also
impressed people in the competition,” said Sarit Zaltsman, the teacher in
charge of the robotics division at the high school, according to Israel Hayom. Zaltsman accompanied her
students throughout the competition.
“Our robots were well constructed, I know this
will help me in the future,” student and team member Daniel Golub said.