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Qatar is hosting the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) for the first time during 6-8 November 2015 under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar.
The WRO is a major global robotics competition and celebration of innovation and technology featuring 3,000 young participants from 55 countries. It is sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar as part of our local social investment programme in partnership with Qatar’s Supreme Education Council, College of the North Atlantic Qatar and Qatar Petroleum. The championship is aimed at developing skills and inspiring interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to create the scientists and engineers of the future, and to support the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030).
Held at the iconic Al Shaqab Indoor Arena, Qatar Foundation in Doha, the World Robot Olympiad comprises a series of robotics competitions for students from elementary school to college levels that tests ingenuity, team work and technical skills. While played in the spirit of fun and learning, everyone will be competing hard over three days to be crowned World Champions!
Maersk Oil Qatar’s sponsorship of the WRO is part of our broader GO ROBOT programme in Qatar, which involves a wide range of educational activities in addition to student engagement. This includes distributing robotics kits to local schools, providing professional development training to teachers in using new technologies in the classroom to enhance learning, and hosting an annual Qatar National Robot Olympiad (NRO) that now features more than 1,200 local students.
In 2015, more than 30 teams from Qatar will participate in the World Robot Olympiad after qualifying through the Qatar National Robot Olympiad which is taking place on 30-31 October and is the largest of its kind in the country.
GO ROBOT is open to all schools in Qatar from primary through to college level, and free robotics kits are provided to all those who participate. Over USD $1 million has been invested by Maersk Oil Qatar in providing robotics kits free to schools since 2012.
More than 1,000 teachers have taken part in intensive training sessions of up to 30 hours each on computer programming, and robotics design and development as part of GO ROBOT. They also receive professional development workshops on using new technologies in the classroom to support improved teaching methods.
Every year participating students develop and improve their science and technical skills. Many students will then choose to pursue STEM subjects throughout their school and university careers.
The aim is that the students will eventually enter the workforce in Qatar better prepared to support Qatari society and the continuing ambitions of Qatar in realising the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The NRO is the largest event of its kind in Qatar and it features 500 teams of students from elementary, middle and senior schools tasked with building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS robots under strict time limits.
The students train how to design and programme the best and fastest robots they can, to complete a new set of challenges each year – or to fulfil a theme, which in 2015 is “Robot Explorers”.
The students engage with engineering and scientific principles and problem-solving in a fun and exciting way. Teams from across Qatar compete in the National Robot Olympiad to be awarded the title of National Champions.
The winning teams from Qatar qualify for the annual World Robot Olympiad, hosted in a different country each year. Students compete against the best in the world from 55 countries to be crowned world champions. Over 30 teams from Qatar will participate in the World Robot Olympiad 2015.