10th Arab Open Robotics Championship begins

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The 10th Arab Open Robotics Championship began yesterday with participation of 12 teams from various Arab countries and 50 teams from Qatar schools. The event began at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) under sponsorship of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in cooperation with Arab Robotics Association. The inaugural function of the event hosted by Qatar for the second time, was attended by H E Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education along with top officials of the ministry, Arab Robotics Association and directors of independent, private and international schools. Robotics contributes to enhancing skills of talented students and develops their capacities to innovate and the ministry encourages use of robotics in all schools, said Fawzia Abdulaziz Al Khater, Assistant Undersecretary for educational affairs at the Ministry. The contest this year has attracted a large number of participants, Al Khater added. Qatar is proud to host the Arab Robotics Championship for the second time and such competition perfects students personalities and helps them to develop their skills to apply their knowledge on science, engineering, mathematics and programming to solve problems, said Rima Abu Khadija, Director, Office of Curricula Standards at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The Ministry is working to invest on role of students and human resources to build knowledge economy in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030, she said in her inaugural address. “There are big expectations from your participation in this championship in areas of science and engineering,” Abu Khadija said in her address to the participating Arab teams. There is a good environment for fair competitiveness and chance to choose excellent teams from you to represent the Arabs in international robotics Olympiad, she told the participants. The championship is hosting 50 teams from independent and private schools in Qatar, along with more than 1600 participants from 12 Arab countries, said the chairperson of organising committee Mariam Al Awadi. The three-day event is open in the morning and evening and the organising committee will announce results of the competition on the last day of the championship, she added. Chairman of Arab Robotics Association, Yassin Ismail said this year’s competition has paid more attention to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM education). “We are happy to see young scientists and future leaders working day and night and taking burden of travelling to showcase their innovative products,” he said. Ismail Shams, Vice-Chairman of Arab Robotics Association said the championship includes a number of competitions such as Jr. FLL, Line Tracking, Sumo, Ball Collector and FTC