The Nao Challenge is an educational contest for high school students organized for the first time in Italy in 2015 by Scuola di Robotica (the School of Robotics) in collaboration with SoftBank Robotics and the Italian company CampuStore.
The aim of the competition is to offer high school students the change to work and program a humanoid robot to be used in plausible and real-like situations.
Service robots can be useful to humans in different situations: at home, at school, in hospital. To support learning, to help in inclusive education, even just to cheer and reassure.
In the coming years, technological development in robotics and in Artificial Intelligence will be driving humans to relate more and more with learning machines capable of taking autonomous decisions and these, very often, will have a humanoid form.
Scuola di Robotica is convinced that education and culture in all the subjects, STEM and Arts, technoscience and humanities, are important to prepare future generations for the challenges that the current technological revolution will bring and for this reason it invests resources in the organization of a contest dedicated to humanoid robotics. This challenge requires that students that the students employ all their skills, techno scientific, artistic, social:
- To Develop problem-solving, organizational and cooperation skills.
- To Acquire technical and planning skills.
- To Develop creativity and communication skills.
- And they will also discover promising professions and careers.
The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) has included the NAO Challenge among the competitions that allow access to the National Register of Excellence.