SEC to boost Robotics Olympiad

April 29, 2013 - 3:58:46 am



The Minister of Education and Higher Education and the Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council, H E Saad bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Deputy Director General of the Maersk Oil Qatar, Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, and Dean of Information Technology at the College of the North Atlantic, Dr Theodore Chiasson, signing the memorandum of understanding.

DOHA: The Supreme Education Council (SEC) together with several other institutions has taken a new initiative to enhance and strengthen the Robots Programme and Robotics Olympiad in Qatar’s schools.

This innovative educational programme, based on the toolkit of LEGO Mind storm robotics, is open to all schools in Qatar. 

The programme will run for two years and will include a variety of activities such as the provision of Android tools, training of teachers and students, and hosting a series of robotic competitions including the National Robot Olympiad in Qatar with qualified teams to participate in the finals of the World Robotics Olympiad in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education and the Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council, H E Saad bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Deputy Director General of the Maersk Oil Qatar, Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al Thani and Dean of Information Technology College of the North Atlantic Dr Theodore Chiasson, signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation in the development of the Robots Programme and Robotics Olympiad in Qatar’s schools.

In a press statement following the signing of the MoU, Al Mahmoud said that this partnership primarily aims to activating Robotics Olympiad programme, which encourages schools to engage students in the fields of science, engineering and technology and learning new skills that will add value to the skills that they learned in school. 

It is also in the interest of all parties to the educational process, including students and teachers alike, to provide them with training in various activities related to the Robots programme, and create a competitive environment in the educational community. 

It also allows students the opportunity to participate in the robots programme and World Robotics Olympiad and compete with counterparts at the international level, as well as expose them to distinct experiences and expertise at the global level.

The minister said the success factors for the establishment of partnerships with the education sector are becoming more available than ever, and the education system in Qatar is mainly based on the principle of effective partnership with civil society institutions, with the understanding that education is everyone’s responsibility. 

The Peninsula

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