Qatar to host 2015 World Robot Olympiad
World Robot Olympiad 2015 will bring together 3,000 participants from 55 countries at Al Shaqab Indoor Arena
Qatar is set to host one of the world's largest robotics competition for young people for the first time.
WRO, which will run under the theme 'Robot Explorers' between 6-8 November, will bring together 3,000 participants from 55 countries at Al Shaqab Indoor Arena.
Maersk Oil Qatar and College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with the Supreme Education Council (SEC) launched the 2015 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) with a practice competiton for students on October 10.
WRO is an annual contest to develop and encourage skills and enthusiasm students have for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Fawziya Al Khater, director for wducation Institute, SEC, said: “We would like to officially announce that Qatar will host WRO 2015 which is a testament to the progress achieved by the state in supporting development of STEM skills.
“The SEC is committed to developing such skills given their crucial importance in helping Qatar achieve its ambitions, and we welcome cooperation with partners from the private sector. We would like to thank Maersk Oil Qatar for supporting WRO and sharing our vision and aspiration for educating our young people, and for the business’ commitment to the success of Qatar in the long term."
Dr Theodore Chiasson, dean, Information Technology, CNA-Q; Lewis Affleck, managing director, Maersk Oil Qatar; and Dr Ken MacLeod, president, CNA-Q, were present, The Peninsula reported.
Qatar National Robot Olympiad finals will be held from October 30 to 31, ahead of WRO, with around 1,200 students participating from elementary, middle and senior schools to qualify to represent Qatar at WRO.
CNA-Q has assisted with preparations for both events, with 600 teachers from schools having attended over 250 training sessions organised and run throughout the year.
Participating teachers benefited from up to 30 hours of classroom training, gaining skills and experience in making the best use of robotics equipment in classroom settings. This enables them to support student teams as they prepare for Qatar National Robot Olympiad finals – and potentially WRO – and inspire them for robotics and mathematical engineering on a longer-term basis.