The top teams of the 5th World Robot Olympiad (WRO) – UAE held recently at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi will represent the Emirates during the WRO 2010 finals to be held from November 5 to 7, 2010 at Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Philippines. This marks the first time that such as big group is being sent as UAE will be fielding a big group of 12 teams to the final round of the prestigious international robotics competition.
An official delegation will accompany the groups during the contest, where the holding of the first-ever WRO Arabia from November 18 to 20, 2011 at ADNEC will also be announced. The Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC) WRO Project Team is currently leading preparations for the inaugural Middle Eastern edition of the global robotics tournament.
The WRO-UAE held in late September 2010 gathered almost 400 student contestants to vie for various robotics honors. H.E. Ali Mehad Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of the Ministry of Education, led various ADEC officials in awarding the winners. The WRO 2011 event to be organized by ADEC next year will welcome between 2,000 to 3,000 students from around the world and showcase the UAE’s emergence as a robotics hub.
“The entries submitted during WRO-UAE were of very high quality, so we expect our teams to perform very well during the finals in the Philippines. But regardless of whatever places they finish in, the exposure to this top robotics competition will certainly provide strong motivation for our students to excel in robotics and other technology fields. WRO is particularly helpful in advancing our Council’s goal of building innovation, creativity and problem-solving abilities among Abu Dhabi’s young learners,” said, Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General, Abu Dhabi Education Council.
WRO began in Singapore in 2004 with 4,000 teams from 12 countries. This year, over 13,000 teams from 35 countries are expected to take part in local, regional and national WRO competitions. The “3rd International Symposium on Robotics in Science and Technology Education” will be conducted during the second day of the world finals.
The Abu Dhabi Education Council fully supports WRO and other technology events that enhance the math, science and IT skills of Abu Dhabi students. This forms part of the Council’s mission of producing world-class learners who are ready to meet global challenges and yet remain loyal to their culture and national identity.
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