Success for ORT Robotics Teams at Technion Tournament


ORT students scored a series of impressive victories at the annual Nadav Shoham Robotraffic Competition at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

The event sees student robotics teams create intelligent cars which can run on smart roads. The teenagers build their team-work capabilities and gain exposure to high-tech multi-disciplinary robots and sensors as part of the popular program.

Robotraffic is a joint project organized by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with World ORT and the World Zionist Organization.

This year’s winners list for the in-person program was dominated by teams from ORT schools in Argentina and Mexico.

In a video message played at the launch of the event in March, Dan Green, World ORT Director General and CEO, said: “We at World ORT are so proud to have been partners for this special event for more than a decade. Our ORT students around the world, whether they have attended in person, or online, always see it as a very special time in the calendar for them, to demonstrate their excellence in technology.

“Thank you everyone for putting on this event in person – it’s been too long because of Covid since we’ve been able to be together. I wish you every success in the world, have a fantastic competition. Enjoy being together in the spirit of unity and achdus [solidarity].”

Students from the Mecatrónica program at ORT Argentina won three first places and four second places after travelling to Haifa. The team included 5th grade students Isabella, Sofia and Florencia (main image).

Avi Meir, Director of Colegio Olamí ORT in Mexico City, said of his team’s success: “I am so excited. Our students won first place in the Traffic Safety Initiatives section and third place in the Extended Careful Driving and Racing sections.

“Thanks to World ORT’s support we were able to send seven children to the contest in Israel.”

One of the robots on the course

In an online competition, ORT Russia was represented remotely by three teams of students in grades 5 to 10 from Moscow’s School #1311, ORT “Tekhiya”.