UAE teams dominate World Robot Olympiad

Team from Our Own High School nabbed gold and was placed 7th overall in High School category

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UAE teams dominate World Robot Olympiad UAE teams dominated the World Robot Olympiad, held in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 21, 2011

The World Robot Olympiad concluded with a good showing by the UAE teams.

Team Sixth Sense from Our Own High School, was the gold winner for the Open Category Technical Award at High School level and was also placed 7th in the Open Category for High School overall.

The team developed robotic prosthetic arms, designed to be used by amputees.

"Robotics will influence further student involvement in technology education and encourage a promising future for our youth. This kind of learning opportunity is well-aligned with ADEC's 10 year strategic plan to develop our students as independent and creative thinkers who are prepared to deliver Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision," said director general of ADEC Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili.

Two teams from the UAE also placed 7th and 8th in the Open Category for High School. Team Sts-Shahama from the Secondary Technical School in Shahama placed 8th in the open category for high school students for developing a cost-effective, automated wheelchair using robotic technology.

In the Green City Challenge, a special exhibition category set up by the ADEC WRO Organising Committee to focus on areas of renewable energy, UAE teams won the top three places in the Elementary category.

Al Reqa Team came in first place, Fairies team came second place, Al Nahda Junior Girls 1 team in third place.

In the Junior High level, P-Wit Genius 1 from Thailand came in first place, Nefafa Been Al Kethar from the UAE came in second, and GC 3 from the UAE came third.

In the High School level, Zayed-GC from the UAE came in first, Energetic Team from the UAE came second, and Surattani Club from Thailand took third place.

"This year has truly been a landmark event for the WRO, which has been held in the Middle East for the first time this year. We would like to thank the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the UAE for their generous hospitality and for hosting one the largest and best organized WRO competitions we've seen," said Eugene Zhang, chairman of the WRO.

According to ADEC, more than 1,500 students from 34 countries participated in this year's World Robot Olympiad in Abu Dhabi. WRO 2012 will take place in Malaysia next year.

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