Non-profit organization WRO Hellas is the main entity conducting robotics competitions in Greece and South East Europe. It is also the legal National Organizer of World Robot Olympiad in Greece. Founded in 2009, WRO Hellas aims at introducing teachers, students and parents to educational robotics and, more broadly, to the STEM philosophy.
In this framework, we use our robotics contests as leverage in order to ensure that every school is not only willing but also able to take its first steps into STEM, either by enriching its official curriculum or by offering appropriate after-school activities. We do this by creating motives and ways for schools to obtain free infrastructure, by supporting teachers with free, continuous hands-on training, as well as by developing open-access lesson plans for elementary and secondary teachers.
Following the above methodology throughout the last 10 years, we have organized ten World Robot Olympiad Tournaments (national level) and 6 Panhellenic Competitions of Educational Robotics for elementary school students * (see below this competition’s detailed description). What is more, each year for the last 10 years we have been training more than 1000 teachers nation-wide, through the offering of free-of cost webinars and workshops throughout Greece. Last but not least, we have built a strong know-how in undertaking the organization of national and international projects and we have formed a best practice on how to ensure the introduction of educational robotics and STEM education in schools on a national, holistic level.