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The event takes place at the IPIC Arena located at Zayed Sports City on 16th – 17th October 2016

The Abu Dhabi Education Council is expecting 375 teams comprised of 1,500 students and their coaches, to take part in this year’s WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge, which is held each year to determine which teams are qualified to take part in the “World Robot Olympiad” (WRO).

During his visit to the competition, Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, ADEC’s Director General, lauded efforts exerted by all the students, who were equally motivated and inspired to assemble and build an innovative robot. “All the students were highly concerned about perfecting their work using creative coding and programming skills that go in-line with our government’s mission to promote a technically capable workforce of youth, who are more than ready to face future demands.”

The WRO is a team based challenge that provides promising school students an opportunity to explore diverse robotic systems, while being exposed to modern science and technology. This coincides with the Abu Dhabi Plan to promote creative thinking, improve communication/cooperation skills and strengthen the ability to acquire new knowledge highly relevant towards progressive education.

The global event not only exposes students to latest trends in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), but also brings young minds together from all over the world to create and problem solve using coding and programming through challenging and educational robotics competitions.

This year’s WRO will take place in India from 25th to 27th November 2016 under the theme: “Rap the Scrap – Robots For Reducing, Managing and Recycling Waste” where students are expected to find ways to reduce, manage and recycle waste – and solutions to not generate waste in the first place, using robots.

Grade 1 to Grade 12 students will arrive from across different private and public schools in the UAE to take part in the national robotics challenge held at the IPIC Arena in Zayed Sports City. Only 16 teams out of the 375 teams will qualify to compete at the WRO in India this November.

Similar to each year, students will take part in three competition categories, the Regular Category, Open Category and the WRO GEN II Football Category. A team may only participate in one category.

“Despite only announcing registration for the WRO UAE National Robotics Competition as little as a month ago, we received more than 1,000 student submissions from students in both public and private schools, which is a great sign. It only goes to show that students are dedicated to STEM related fields and eager to come up with innovative and creative robotic ideas,” explained Dr. Najla Alraway Alnaqbi, e-Learning Manager at ADEC’s P-12.

The e-Learning Programme Expert further went on to note that the objectives behind the WRO correlate with the Abu Dhabi Plan to supporting an environment for research, science, technology and innovation. “In order to assemble a robot, students must focus on coding and programming which requires problem solving and analytic skills. We wish all our students continued success and look forward to witnessing a culture full of innovation and invention.”

– ADEC Media