Posted on February 02, 2016

Qatar University (QU) launched its 9th Computing Contest (QUCC), an annual competition organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the College of Engineering (CENG), and sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO). The competition requires students to program a robot that will perform several movements within a limited time. Student projects will be conducted under the supervision of high-school teachers and in coordination with the contest committee.

As previous years, the contest is based on logic programming of the sensor inputs of a LEGO-based robot. This year, students will use the LEGO EV3 kit, and in an added engineering component, they will compete in the final day on May 7 to demonstrate the time it takes for their robots to complete tasks. A workshop will be held on March 5 to orient students and teachers on the competition guidelines. The winning teams will be awarded at a ceremony following the competition. First place winner will be awarded (QR10000) and a scholarship to study at CSE, and 2nd-place and 3rd-place winners will receive (QR6000) and (QR4000) respectively.

Commenting on the competition, CENG dean Dr Rashid Alammari (pictured) said: “It underlines QU’s mission to engage high-school students in creative and innovative projects, and strengthen their skills in organization, teamwork and leadership. It also reflects CENG’s commitment to producing a generation of technical experts and leaders who can create a sustainable future in Qatar and beyond.” He thanked QAPCO for their continuing support to CENG and its programs.

 CSE head Dr Sumaya Al-Maadeed said: “This contest is designed to offer students across Qatar the opportunity to interact with each other and demonstrate their creativity and teamwork skills. It also provides a platform for CSE and high schools to focus on the demand of the labor market for computing professionals.”