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WER is the acronym for the World Educational Robot Contest,

which refers to an international competition for participants between the ages of 6 and 18. Annually more than 1,000,000 participants from over 50 countries and regions participate in WER tournaments. 


In 2000


50 countries / regions

3 categories

Ages: 9-18

was held the first educational robotics contest

participants annually

Elementary, Middle, and High School

Jake Mendelssohn has been fascinated by Robots all of his life. As a child, he built his first Robot out of wooden sticks and since then has gotten an Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from the Wharton School, designed numerous electronic and micro-controller based commercial products and started three Robotics companies. He has also published one of the first Robotics newsletters. 


In 1993, he created and started the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest which became the foundation for the global World Educational Robotics contest. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He was also a certified High School teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, where he taught advanced courses in Physics, Electronics, Photonics, CAD and, of course, Robotics. 


He is the founder and current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a group of inventors and entrepreneurs interested in all forms of advanced technologies.

He is also one of the founding members of the Connecticut Invention Convention and for the past 37 years he has worked with this organization to enhance the creativity and problem-solving skills of students from kindergarten to grade 12. The Connecticut Invention Convention is the oldest and largest such organization in the U.S. He also help found InventFuture.Global an international association that brings the same activities and support to students across the world.


Jake is delighted and honored to be working with the talented people at Abilix and Novum Education as they use their fantastic products and curriculum to grow and expand the real-world education and success of students in the United States and around the world. 



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Nancy Pineda is the founder of Novum Education. A startup company that, through technology and education, seeks to inspire, develop, and empower the best in each student. Nancy envisions a world where every student has an equal opportunity for success. A world where income and race do not determine the quality of education. 


Nancy earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Tech (ITESM) and a master's degree in Education and Technology from Harvard University. Nancy has more than 15 years of practical experience in the educational sector. She's a mother of 3 and currently lives in Texas with her family.  

To be the most important and largest educational robotics contest in the world.

WER offers an opportunity for most teenagers in the world to have access to educational robots and make them available to people with little economic resources or limited experience in robotics. One of the objectives of WER is to promote equal opportunities for students to have access to educational technology resources and thus prepare them to understand, apply and manage technology in the future, which is essential in the development and evolution of society.

To be a platform to showcase the achievements of students and the exchange of ideas. 

WER is not only about seeding technology skills, but it is also a platform to demonstrate creativity, teamwork, and constant progress of the participants. Besides being a contest, it is also a stage to showcase the achievements of the participants and the exchange of ideas.

To be the most popular, challenging, creative, and fun educational robotics contest worldwide. To be the most preferred by children.

WER's mission is to popularize technology education, which is no easy task. WER's contests offer different kinds of robots, such as creative robot bricks, bionic humanoid robots, mobile robots, airborne robots, among others. The designers have the task of making the contest friendly, challenging, and creative for the participants.

To be the leader of those who cultivate children's successful intelligence (a combination of analytic, creative, and practical intelligence)

To be the leader in identifying and cultivating technical talents. 






It is the exclusive sponsor of World Educational Robot Contest (WER) and the only one designated to choose the teams for the WER competition.


Abilix, a company founded in 1996, is the first educational robot brand in the world that now has multiple forms of educational robots, such as creative brick robots, humanoid robots, mobile robots, airborne robots, etc. So far, more than 20,000 schools in 30 countries around the world have been using educational robots to carry out science and technology education, stimulating students' creativity and ability to create projects. 



WER brings fun and exciting challenges in the field of robotics to young students around the world.

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