x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

UAE students battle to 'bring robots to life'

Nineteen UAE teams will participate in the World Robot Olympiad finals which are being held in Kuala Lumpur this year.

DUBAI // Nineteen UAE teams will participate in the World Robot Olympiad finals starting today in Kuala Lumpur.

Teams from 35 countries will compete over three days on creations representing the theme Connecting People: Let's Bring Social Robots to Life.

More than 20,000 teams took part in local qualifying rounds around the world. The UAE teams were selected from 300 groups in state and private schools that battled it out this year.

The qualifying teams took part in regional challenges in Qatar last month, where three placed in the top two of their categories.

Najla Al Naqbi, the Olympiad programme manager at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, or Adec, said the competition aimed to encourage creative thinking, innovation and problem-solving skills among children.

"The competition provides them with opportunities that help improve their engineering, technical, mathematical and scientific skills, as well as their international communication skills," Ms Al Naqbi said.

She said they also wanted pupils to gain experience collaboration and exchanging ideas with peers from across the world.

"These types of international competitions help provide pupils with inspirational opportunities to display their skills and knowledge in front of the world."

Adec hosted last year's international challenge last year.