Posted on November 28, 2016

Part one of the Qatar National Robot Olympiad (NRO) 2016 took place this weekend at the Ladies Sports Hall, Aspire Zone, involving hundreds of student teams from elementary, junior high and senior high schools across Qatar.  The event featured the Regular and Gen II Football competitions with students aiming to claim the title of National Champions. The NRO was sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar as part of their social investment programme and hosted by the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar.

The National Robot Olympiad and associated schools programme GO ROBOT has trained over 1,000 teachers to deliver robotics training in classrooms across Qatar, and provided 600 robotics kits and 200 game tables free to schools this year alone. GO ROBOT has been supported by Maersk Oil Qatar since 2012 as part of the company’s commitment to promote and enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Qatar.  The company’s goal is to leave a valuable legacy of greater engagement in the sciences in young people in the country, and to increase the number of students who choose science tracks at school or technical and engineering degrees at university.

Lewis Affleck, Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar said, ‘The National Robot Olympiad is one of the highlights of the education calendar, and is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication by thousands of students, teachers and coaches.  My congratulations go out to all those who took part, and especially to the winners. Maersk Oil Qatar is proud to be such a long-term and dedicated supporter of STEM education in Qatar.  The passion and commitment on show at the NRO was incredible and we are delighted that it is having such a positive impact on so many young people.  Over the past five years around 20,000 students, 1,000 teachers and more than 250 schools have participated which truly shows the interest there is in STEM in the country.’

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Dr. Ken MacLeod, President, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q), said, “I am always impressed with the talent of the students who compete in the National Robot Olympiad. It is their time to shine on the national stage, and demonstrate the STEM skills they learned throughout the year. As CNA-Q is a leader in technical education, we host this event to encourage students to become involved in, and inspired by, knowledge-based STEM activities, to help prepare them for future success in Qatar’s economy. Congratulations to the winners of the Regular and the Gen II Football categories!  We look forward to experiencing the second part of the National Robot Olympiad next week as we conclude another successful year of youth robotics development in Qatar.”

The competition has grown so popular in recent years that it now takes place over two consecutive weekends. The second part of the National Robot Olympiad will happen on December 2-3 at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar and will involve the Open category and Advanced Robotics Challenge.

Qatar National Robot Olympiad 2016 winners:

Regular Category Elementary

  • 1st place, AlKhanssa Primary Girls School; Coach: Mona Refaat; Students: Mariam Falahi, Sara Mohamed, Mitha Ghanem
  • 2nd place, Doha British School; Coach: Waleed Refaat Mousa; Students: Lina Ahmed Elbably, Inas Tamer Bakr, Jana Tamer Bakr
  • 3rd place, AlKhanssa Primary Girls School; Coach: Samar Yasser Alnatsheh; Students: Fatima Ali M A Al-Emadi, Amal Abdellatif Ahmed Mahmdin Mohamed, Lena Samer Abdrabo Salih Aboushnab

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Regular Category Preparatory

  • 1st place, Salah El Deen Preparatory School for Boys; Coach: Ahmed Zein, Students: Mohamed Omar, Abdel Rahman Mamdouh, Mohamed El Sayed
  • 2nd place, Salah El Deen Preparatory School for Boys; Coach: Adel Ali; Students: Ahmed Yousf, Mostafa Al Hag, Mohammed Mokhtar
  • 3rd place, Independent Team; Coach: Rangeetha Sajeer; Students: Sahal Sajeer, Advait Puthenpura, Rasha Sajeer

Regular Category Secondary

  • 1st place, DPS Modern Indian School; Coach: Avishek Jha; Students: Aakash Jain, Samiksha Arora, Nihit Agarwal
  • 2nd place, Independent Team; Coach: Amjad Mohammed Hamdi; Students: Zaid Ghazal, Tariq Shadi, Abd-Alrahman Adel
  • 3rd place, Independent Team; Coach: Arold C. De Los Reyes; Students: Arcelio De Los Reyes, Jonathan De Los Reyes, Faustine Angeli De Los Reyes

Gen II Football

  • 1st place, Mohammad bin Abdul Wahhab Secondary Boys; Coach: Salah Samir Fahmi Heikal; Students: Jaber Mohammed Hdeeb, Abul Aziz Ali Al-Thebany
  • 2nd place, Hamza Bin Abdul Muttalib Independent Preparatory School; Coach: Ahmad Mansour; Students: Abdulrahman AbulNasr, Al-Hareth Al- Swadi
  • 3rd place, Tariq Bin Ziyad Secondary School; Coach: Ahmad Salah Salem Azazi; Students: Ahmed Mahmoud Elbana, Mohammed Ihab El Ayadi