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School students take part in UOWD Robotics Competition

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Thirty-six school students from seven UAE schools took part in a Robotic Competition hosted by the University of Wollongong in Dubai. The students, aged between 11 and 17 years, competed under three main categories: primary, secondary and high school.

The competition entailed autonomous robots following a line into a maze to manoeuvre inside a maze and finally discover a light source outside the maze. The best time achieved by a robot to complete all three tasks was 34 seconds.

Six students were awarded for best performances from the following schools: Imam Khomeiny School in Abu Dhabi, Iranian School in Al Ain, Towheed School for Boys and Adab School.

"These competitions provide an opportunity for school students to enhance their skills in mathematics and computer programming; it is an excellent platform to boost their imagination, problem solving skills and competitiveness. It is also a good way to whet the appetite of school children to pursue higher studies in engineering and computing studies," commented Dr. Mohamed Salem, Dean of Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, UOWD.

The students were very competitive and they impressed UOWD faculty members by their enthusiasm, dedication and technical and programming abilities, besides enjoying a wonderful day at a University campus.

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