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Abu Dhabi to host 2011 World Robot Olympiad

Abu Dhabi to be first city outside SE Asia to host global robotics competition.

Abu Dhabi to host 2011 World Robot Olympiad
The Robot Olympiad is intended to encourage creativity and innovation among students.

Abu Dhabi has won the bid to host the 2011 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) it was announced at the end of last week.

The world's finest student-built robots are coming to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre two years from now, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) said on Wednesday, The National daily said.

Abu Dhabi will be the first city outside South East Asia to host the global robotics competition for primary and secondary school students, the Abu Dhabi based daily added.

"Adec won the right to host the WRO in 2011 because of our 10-year strategic education transformation agenda and, in particular, our commitment to providing students with world-class IT infrastructure and raising ICT curriculum standards," said Dr Mugheer al Khaili, the council's director general.

The World Robot Olympiad is a global robotics competition for young people. First held in 2004 in Singapore, it now attracts 1000 participants from 32 countries.

The competition consists of two different categories. In the regular category, teams must assemble robots that can solve a specific problem. In the open category, teams must present designs for robots, based on a given theme. The contest is also conducted in three different age groups: elementary, junior and senior.

"Robotics builds innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills in students," said Dr al Khaili, "and it develops in [children] an interest in science and technology. They are unaware that they are learning, and they are doing it while having fun."

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