Under the Mediterranean climate with the bright sun and deep blue sky, the fateful day fell on 24 May 2022. The last day of the ITER Robots 2022 event, organized by Agence Iter France at the École des Mines de Saint-Etienne in Gardanne, France.
Organized by Agence Iter France (CEA) in partnership with the local representatives of the French Ministry of National Education, ITER Robots brings together junior and high school students in a friendly competition that mimics some of the challenges of handling actual ITER components. In the process, they learn a lot about ITER, fusion energy, and robotics engineering. Some 400 students took part in the 11th edition on 24 May.
ITER Robots 2022 proposed four events in which teams of students, from elementary school up to high school, could enter their purpose-designed robots and test their design and skill to win the prize. The challenges were composed of three types of assessment: robotics tests; a general culture test, and a communication test based on student stands. Prizes were distributed by Eric Kraus, director of Agence Iter France; Bernard Beignier, the rector of the Academy of Aix-Marseille; ITER's Alain Bécoulet, head of the Engineering Domain; and Xavier Litaudon, from the French Institute for Magnetic Fusion Research, IRFM, and EUROfusion project manager.
At the ITER stand, students had a chance to learn more about a tokamak through a game app called ''Operation Tokamak.'' The aim is to reach fusion temperatures (up to 200 million degrees Celsius!) by balancing magnetic power and heating power.