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Applications open for the 2017 edition of the Exo-RO National Rover Competition

on 22 September 2017

On 24 – 26 November 2017, the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), in synergy with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Romania, organise the Exo-RO National Rover Competition for high school students. 

The project is meant to attract young people towards the space field, to contribute to developing their professional skills and to encourage and promote education and future scientists in the field of space research.

The Exo-RO Rover Competition is open for students attending classes at educational institutions in Romania with ages between 14 – 19. The contest is open for mixed teams of 3 to 4 students, under the coordination of a teacher or instructor. The deadline to register is 8 October 2017, and the registration can be done by filling in a form available online here with information about the participants and a short description of the concept the team intends to develop during the competition. The form will be sent online at exo-ro at

The teams participating in the Exo-RO National Rover Competition will have the opportunity to test their theoretical and practical knowledge in the STEM area (Science – broadly speaking, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), will learn about all the stages of a robotics project and will consolidate their knowledge and skills in building a small size rover. The final stage of the contest will take place between 24 – 26 November 2017, at Targu Ocna, Bacau county.

The calendar of the 2017 Exo-RO National Rover Competition:

  • Proposal submission: 20 September – 8 October 2017
  • Selection process: 9 – 10 October 2017
  • Announcing the selected teams for the final stage on the ROSA website: 11 October 2017
  • Rover development: 11 October – 23 November 2017
  • Finals: 24 – 26 November 2017


The Exo-RO contest is an activity organised in the context of the collaboration between the Ministry of National Education and the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) with the purpose of using the concept “cosmic space” as a creative context for teaching and learning about the fields included in the STEM area in the pre-university educational institutions in Romania. The rules of the competition can be accessed here.

Image credit: ROSA