Qatar National Robot Olympiad winners
Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar (left), The Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, Dr Theodore Chiasson, Dean of Information Technology at CNA-Q and Dr Ken MacLeod, President of CNA-Q (left), with some of the winners from this year’s Qatar National Robot Olympiad at the Aspire Zone

The Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, has congratulated more than 800 students who competed at the 2014 Qatar National Robot Olympiad, which concluded on Saturday 25 October 2014.

This year’s Olympiad was officially the biggest ever with over 250 teams, 800 students and 4,000 individuals involved in the event. 2014’s Olympiad was 35% larger than last year and more than double its first year in 2012.

The competition was the culmination of the year-long school robotics programme, GO ROBOT, that encourages students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

HE Dr Al Hammadi attended the final day of the 2014 National Robot Olympiad, held at Aspire, taking a tour around the open, regular and GEN II categories, and presenting medals to the winners. He said:

The Supreme Education Council is proud to once again endorse National Robot Olympiad. Congratulations to the students, their coaches and the organisers of the 2014 Qatar National Robot Olympiad for another successful competition. We look forward to hosting the World Robot Olympiad in Qatar in 2015.’

‘In 2014, more than 400 ICT, mathematics and physics teachers received training in robotics, which has led to more students being exposed to robotics in Qatar’s schools than ever before, and we look forward towards increasing the number of participants in next year’s Olympiad.’

The Qatar National Robot Olympiad is organised by College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q), sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar and endorsed and supported by the Supreme Education Council and Qatar Petroleum. President of CNA-Q, Dr Ken MacLeod, said:

The 2014 Qatar National Robot Olympiad promised to be the best yet, and the students have certainly delivered. Over the past two days we have seen fierce, but fair competition from hundreds of school teams, overseen by 69 judges. The GO ROBOT programme launched with the aim of increasing participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and this year’s event, and its increased popularity across the country, demonstrates changing attitudes towards these subjects in Qatar. Congratulations to all those involved in organising the event and a special thanks to Maersk Oil Qatar for its continued sponsorship.

With the help of sponsors Maersk Oil Qatar, more than 500 robotics kits and 180 games tables were donated to schools throughout Qatar in the build up to the competition. Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani, said:

We are thrilled to continue to sponsor the GO ROBOT programme and  the Qatar National Robot Olympiad and want to congratulate all of the students, and their coaches, who helped make it a success.   Talented engineers and scientists are the lifeblood of Qatar’s energy industry, around 4,000 students have been involved in GO ROBOT in 2014 and I’m convinced many of those who participated and those who competed at the Qatar National Robot Olympiad will form the next generation of leaders in our country. Our sponsorship of GO ROBOT and the Qatar National Robot Olympiad is another example of Maersk Oil Qatar’s broader commitment to contribute to Qatar’s future development.’

Each team of two or three students who competed at the National Robot Olympiad were tasked with building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS robots under strict time limits and without the assistance of their coaches. The competition tested students’ problem solving, engineering and programming skills as well as teamwork and initiative.

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Winners of the 2014 Qatar National Robot Olympiad:

Open field:

  • This year’s winners in the Elementary Open Field were Newton International School with their team, Space Builders.
  • This year’s winners in the Junior High School Open Field were the Khalid Bin Ahmad Preparatory School For Boys.
  • This year’s winners in the Senior High School Open Field were the American School of Doha with their team Operation X.

Regular Field

  • This year’s winners in the Elementary Regular Field were the American School of Doha with their team ASD 1.
  • This year’s winners in the Junior High School Regular Field were the AbuBakr Assedeeq Preparatory Independent Boys with their team ABA Spaceship.
  • This year’s winners in the Senior High School Regular Field were the American School of Doha with their team Of Robots and Men.

Gen II Football

  • And the winners of our first ever Gen II Football field were Philippine School Doha Gen II Football Gen II Football Joel Tiemsin Team Name: Team Plasma

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