Qatar placed 6th at World Robot Olympiad

November 15, 2012 - 5:27:39 am

Teams that took part in the 2012 World Robot Olympiad. 

DOHA: Qatar was placed sixth at the 2012 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) open category competition secondary level, the only country in the Mena region to place in the top 8 in any category.

Over 400 teams from 30 countries competed last weekend in the 2012 WRO Finals held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   

Qatar team from the American School of Doha was placed 6th in the Open Category competition at the Secondary level, while the team from Nasser bin Abdullah was placed 34th in the High School Regular category beating more than half the teams in their category. 

Qatar had 10 teams competing in six categories at the world finals as part of a partnership between the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and Maersk Oil Qatar which promotes and develops interest in science, technology and engineering in schools. 

“Maersk Oil is proud of the great results of our teams from Qatar at the World Robot Finals. This is an exciting event and a great opportunity for students to raise Qatar’s flag and highlight the talented young people we have here,” said Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Maersk Oil Qatar Deputy Managing Director.

“Maersk Oil is fully committed to supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030, our social investment activities are largely focused in the areas of health, education, and the environment – where we believe we can make a positive contribution that supports development in the State of Qatar” he added. Dr Theodore Chiasson, Dean of School of Information Technology at CNA-Q, who is the National Representative for the WRO in Qatar, said: “With Maersk Oil’s support, we were able to expand the number of teams competing in the World Robot Olympiad Finals. In 2011 only three teams were able to take part in the World Finals whereas this year it has more than tripled in number.” 

“Qatar is really just at the beginning in this competition – for example, over 3,000 teams competed in Malaysia’s national robot Olympiad, as compared to 112 teams at the Qatar National Robot Olympiad,” he added. The Peninsula