Robotics challenge hits Abu Dhabi
Competition sees students compete to build a robot that will participate in challenges
The 8th International World Robot Olympiad (WRO) competition began in Abu Dhabi this Saturday. Students, international delegations and local VIPs from 34 countries attended the opening ceremony.
"This event is an embodiment of our efforts to become an innovation-based knowledge economy, as set out by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. To turn this vision into reality, it is important for us to support our students to become innovative, creative, and independent thinkers," said director general of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili. "The fact that Abu Dhabi is hosting the 8th World Robot Olympiad event for the first time in the Middle East, and is bringing together distinguished students from all over the world is an important indication of our spirit of entrepreneurship and our active participation in the international community."
ADEC has identified robotics as a valuable hands-on learning opportunity, which encourages creative thinking and stimulates an interest in science and technology among students.
This event is designed to showcase ADEC's vision for local students to the international community.
"Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century skills. Solving robotic challenges builds innovation, creativity and problem solving skills in students, and because robotics crosses multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math and technology together," said Eugene Zhang, WRO Advisory Council Chairman. "WRO 2011 marks the first time the international WRO final is hosted outside of Asia, this is the first time WRO is being held in the Arab region, and the first time we have 380 teams participating in the biggest WRO final ever."
The WRO competition, which is one of the largest international robotic competitions for students, sees students compete in teams to assemble robots that will participate in challenges to solve a specific problem.
The WRO platform allows young students to learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math and computer programming to build an intelligent robot.