Qatar Scientific Club's teams which took part in the 13th Arab Robotics Championships in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from July 1 to 4 have won top positions.
The 'ball collector' team won the first place in its category, the 'sumo competitions' team won the third place, while the 'line tracing competitions' team won the best performance cup along with the third place. The 'FLL' team bagged the third spot with the best performance cup. The tournament saw intense competition from Arab teams from 17 countries. These included about 200 teams for various competitions.
The Qatari delegation won the 'best participating delegations' shield and the 'best referee cup'.
The Qatar Scientific Club contingent at the championship comprised four teams of 16 participants. They were the 'ball collector' team from Al Wakra Independent Secondary School for Boys, the 'line tracing' team from Hamza Bin Abdul Muttalib Independent Preparatory School for Boys, the 'sumo team' from Qatar Technical Secondary School for Boys and the 'FLL' team from Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys.
The teams had won the first place in the Schools Robot Championship held in May with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Youth.
Administrative and Financial Director of the Qatar Scientific Club and head of the Qatari delegation, Fatima al-Mohannadi, said the participating robot knights of the Qatar delegation exhibited high technical expertise and efficiency.
She congratulated the teams for their achievements, stressing the results are a result of the co-operation between the Qatari Scientific Club, the Ministry of Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
She expressed her appreciation to the Seashore Group, as well as The Social & Sport Contribution Fund for sponsoring the Schools Robot Championship, where the winning teams qualified to participate in the Arab championship. She added that the initiative represents a social responsibility to support the youth sector, which contributes to developing youth capabilities
Qatar Representative in the Arab Robotics Association, Mariam al-Awadhi, praised the teams for their excellent performance. Despite intense competition, the Qatar Science Club teams were able to dominate, she pointed out.
There is a clear improvement in the performance curve of Qatari teams participating in the robotics tournaments in terms of performance, professionalism and results which is primarily due to the interest of the concerned authorities in these types of competition, she said. She lauded the Qatar Scientific Club, which is the approved authority in Qatar to organise local competitions and nominate teams for the Arab Robot Championship.
The Arab Open Robotics Championship is considered the toughest tournament held in the Arab world in the field of robotics since 2008. Student teams from the 6 years age group right up to university stage can participate. It is a forum for distinguished minds from the finest youth of the Arab world.
The tournament is supervised by the Arab Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Association.
The tournament aims to achieve a set of goals, including developing the skills of participants in engineering sciences, electronics, programming and artificial intelligence, developing the spirit of creativity in the field of robotics, and highlighting the energies and capabilities of those interested in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics through the challenges of the participating teams.