Two Taiwanese robotics teams, APEX and RESET, won top awards on Monday at the 2021 RoboCupJunior competition. The event was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lasted from June 22 to 28.
The two teams participated in the Soccer League Simulation Challenge in which each team programmed three autonomous digital robots to compete against other teams in simulated soccer matches.
A total of 39 teams from all around the world participated, formed by students from ages 14 to 19. Team APEX won the Best Video Award, while team RESET won first place in both the Individual Team and the SuperTeam categories.
According to the RoboCup website, this event was aimed for students to “compete, learn, have fun and grow.”
與The China Post訪談中，RESET隊長梁峻瑋(Benjamin Liang)表示這個經驗讓他體會到每一個問題都可以有無數的解決辦法。他表示，「看到其他隊以那麼多不同種方式完成挑戰真的讓我大開眼界」！
Speaking to The China Post, Benjamin Liang (梁峻瑋) from team RESET said that this experience has opened his eyes to the infinite amount of solutions a problem can have. “It was amazing to see how other teams were able to complete a challenge in many different ways,” he said.
During the event, participants are expected to “contribute to the advancement of the community as a whole by sharing their discoveries.” This means that each team gets to interact with students from different countries.
“My favorite moment was working with teams from Germany and Iran. They were very open and vocal about their ideas, and I realized that everyone was very willing to share their passion for robotics,” Dorothy Chou from team APEX said.
The competition is separated into three major parts: gameplay, visual presentation and technical challenges.
Gameplay involves programming and strategizing. For visual presentation, each team creates a video explaining their project and prepares a report on their progress. As for technical challenges, teams are given different problems every 24 hours to solve using programming.
The coaches were very proud of their teams for winning top awards in the competition. “The students put in a lot of effort and hard work over the past few months, so I was very happy when they received the awards,” Coach Kao Chih-chi (高志奇) of the APEX team said.
However, for many team members, the competition experience was much more valuable than winning the awards.
According to Thomas Tseng from team RESET, his favorite aspect of the competition was collaborating and learning from other teams. “Winning the award was just a cherry on top,” he said.