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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 10/11/2012

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Students during the Abu Dhabi National robot Challenge 2012 competing for the world olympiad —Supplied photo
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Nineteen elementary and high school teams from the UAE, who emerged from a field of 300, have begun competing in the World Robot Olympiad in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur.

The three-day event, which started on November 9 is the culmination of a year-long competition involving more than 35 countries and 20,000 teams from across the world. It follows on from last year's highly successful event, which was hosted in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).
UAE member of advisory council

The International World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Advisory Council selected the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) as a permanent member ahead of the competitions in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The UAE will be represented in the WRO Advisory Council by Dr Najla Al Naqbi, Programme Manager Office of Planning and Strategic Affairs at Adec and Kerry Bailey, adviser of the school operations at Adec.

The selection comes after the success of the Adec in spreading the culture of Robotics at the local and Arab levels. -Wam

The UAE qualifying teams were selected to take part in the finals from 300 public and private school teams, who all competed in the WRO, UAE National Robotics Challenge.

Participants were expected to progress through a number of qualifying stages before they were selected to participate in the WRO final, including competing in the second WRO Arabia in Doha.

"By supporting the UAE teams to attend the ninth WRO competition in Malaysia, Adec would like to provide the students with an authentic and unique experience emphasising collaboration, exchange of information and experiences from their peers across the world during the competition.

"Additionally, these types of international competitions help provide students with inspirational opportunities to display their skills and knowledge in front of the world," said Dr Najla Al Naqbi, programme manager of the Office of Planning and Strategic Affairs at Adec.


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