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World Robot Olympiad UAE 

WRO UAE is the United Arab Emirates edition of the international World Robot Olympiad. Each year the WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge is held to select the UAE team that will represent the country at the international WRO final.
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About WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge

The World Robot Olympiad is an event that brings young people together from all over the world. It is a combination of science, technology and education. This event will allow these young people the opportunity to develop through various robotic challenges and competitions.

Robotics is a wonderful platform for learning 21st century skills. Solving robotic challenges builds innovation, creativity and problem solving skills in students, and because robotics crosses multiple curriculum subjects, students must learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math, and computer programming. The most rewarding part of designing robots is that students have fun, work together as a team, and learning occurs naturally.

WRO in the UAE has been growing rapidly. In 2008, 29 teams participated in the Challenge. In 2011, 602 teams participated across the UAE. Over 300 teams competed during 2012 in a competition with a reduced number of categories, while in 2013 414 teams competed. In 2014 we look forward to continuing this growth and developing the capacity of UAE students to participate effectively in robotics competitions.

In 2008, ADEC was appointed National Organizer of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in the United Arab Emirates and during 2009, the program to equip schools with robotics kits was expanded to include all Abu Dhabi public schools catering for Grade 3 upwards. By the end of 2010, junior robotics kits were supplied to public schools catering for Grades 1 - 3. The Emirate’s Private Schools and other significant educational institutions were invited to participate in the program during 2011.

This event will allow these young people the opportunity to develop through various robotic challenges and competitions.

Worldwide, robotics is recognized as a popular way to get young children interested in science, math, engineering and technology. Many students are very excited at the thought of building and programming robots.

While some see tinkering with robotics kits as play, robotics offers students a real challenge. It can be used to aid in preparing students for the future requiring them to be active in their learning.

The ADEC Robotics in Education Program had its beginning in 2007, when the concept of participating in robotics competitions was bought to the Council’s attention. The objectives and outcomes of these competitions complemented those of ADEC. The robotics programme targeted improving the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills and knowledge of students, while focusing on the development of their problem solving, creativity, innovation and collaboration skills and aptitudes.

During 2008, ADEC began a pilot project of placing robotics kits into a number of the Emirate’s public schools that catered for students in grades 3 - 12.

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Many students are very excited at the thought of building and programming robots.

In 2008, ADEC was appointed National Organizer of the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in the United Arab Emirates and during 2009, the program to equip schools with robotics kits was expanded to include all Abu Dhabi public schools catering for Grade 3 upwards. By the end of 2010, junior robotics kits were supplied to public schools catering for Grades 1 - 3. The Emirate’s Private Schools and other significant educational institutions were invited to participate in the program during 2011.

By June 2011, approximately 4000 robotics kits, 4000 robotics resource kits and 1300 junior robotics kits had been distributed across all Abu Dhabi Public Schools and approximately 100 Private Schools.

To complement the distribution of kits to schools, ADEC instigated a strategy to make the Emirate self-sufficient and self-sustaining in terms of expertise and training. Participating teachers are encouraged to use this knowledge to train other teachers and students in their schools.

By focusing students from a young age on areas such as robotics, we can inspire and encourage them to develop skills that will be useful in their futures as well as sway them towards making higher education and career decisions that focus on the science, technology and engineering areas.

The WRO competition comprises of activities across three recognized categories, Open and Regular Categories (which are both split into age group based competitions) and WRO GEN II Football. The host country of the annual WRO final can add to this through special exhibition activities, as a means of introducing new categories that could potentially be officially accepted into the Olympiad. In 2011 ADEC hosted the WRO international final in Abu Dhabi.

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Training in the use of these kits was provided to key teachers in these schools. The introduction of these kits was met by much enthusiasm.

The Olympiad targets student participation from across the primary, junior high. Secondary school stages and undergraduate college or university students.

The UAE began participating in the WRO in 2006 and the first international team to represent the UAE attended the 2006 WRO international final in Nanning, China.

In 2006 twelve teams of students participated in WRO events at the UAE national level. In 2007 this rose to 30 teams. A team consists of two to three students with a coach.

In 2008 under ADEC’s leadership, 30 teams participated at a national level; however another 40 groups of students from Abu Dhabi public schools had their first experience with using the robotics equipment at the national event.

While 2009 saw another 30 teams participate in the UAE national WRO competition, it also saw the selection of the first public school team to represent the UAE at the international final in Pohang, South Korea.

At the 2009 WRO, ADEC presented its successful bid to host the 2011 WRO.

In 2010 as the impact of ADEC’s Robotics in Education programme took effect, participation in the WRO UAE national competition rose to 126 teams.

With the expansion of the Robotics in Education programme in 2011, the private schools within the Emirate also received the benefits of gaining robotics kits and access to training. Extensive training and capacity building activities continue to be held with the view of improving performance and levels of participation.

At the inaugural WRO Arabia event hosted by ADEC in May 2011, team participation had increased to 260 teams from the UAE with the majority coming from Abu Dhabi. By the WRO UAE National Robot Challenge was held in October 2011 participation had risen to approximately 600 teams.

With the growing enthusiasm for WRO robotics competitions in the UAE, the format of the UAE competition was changed in 2011. The WRO UAE National Robot Challenge was introduced.

The WRO UAE National Robot Challenge involves multiple competitions across the UAE. Competitions are held closer to schools, encouraging a greater involvement of students and to raise the profile of the competition in local communities.

In 2011, competitions were held in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Gharbia, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

At the 2009 WRO, ADEC presented its successful bid to host the 2011 WRO.

The 2011 WRO international final hosted by ADEC in Abu Dhabi, represented the first time this Olympiad had been held outside of East Asia. An estimated 1500 students from 38 countries, participated at the highest level of this friendly competition held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The 2011 WRO event engaged, motivated and inspired students. It not only provided an opportunity for students to showcase their talents through the robotics competition, but the event also showed them the potential of what they do and where it can lead them.

ADEC brought together displays of advanced LEGO based robotics that utilize the same equipment that students have available to them. This proved to be very popular and inspiring. The idea will be used in future Olympiads and for other events.

When people left the 2011 WRO venue, it is hoped that they left with a feeling of amazement, with a hint of “I can do that!”

The World Robot Olympiad is an event that brings young people together from all over the world. It is a combination of science, technology and education. This event will allow these young people the opportunity to develop their creative and problem solving skills through various robotic challenges and competitions.

Interested students, guided by their teachers and coaches, are invited to participate and develop their robotic ideas in line with the competition’s rules and guidelines.

Depending on local organization of the competition, teams of participating students may be able to participate in local or district based activities before qualifying to participate at a national and possibly regional level.

Ultimately, teams qualifying through national and/or cluster competitions organized by WRO National Organizers in member countries and clusters, are invited to participate in the annual international final, the World Robot Olympiad. At this level of the competition, teams compete against the best teams from WRO member countries.

 WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge Partners

  • ACTVET – IAT, SDS & VEDC
  • The Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC)
  • Khalifa University of Science and Technology
  • LEGO® Education

 WRO Objectives

  • Provide promising school students with an opportunity to expand their horizons through exploration of robots and robotic systems in the school.
  • Introduce the concept of modern science into schools' educational activities in science and technology.
  • Provide an opportunity to promote creative thinking, improve communication and cooperation skills and strengthen the ability to acquire new knowledge highly relevant towards progressive education.
  • Bring together young people from all over the world to develop creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robot competitions.
  • Broaden the youth’s view in the application of science & technology, improve their learning efficiency and encourage our youth to be future scientists, engineers and inventors

 Materials and Requirements

The World Robot Olympiad competition predominately utilizes LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education manufactured by LEGO Education.

The choice of platform is decided by the WRO Advisory Council and the single platform policy is favoured as it provides students with equal opportunities, fair competition and global availability of products.

A number of competition categories require additional equipment. WRO GEN II Football requires sensors and a ball manufactured by HiTechnic (http://www.hitechnic.com/). Participating teams in the regular category also have the option to use a colour sensor also manufactured by HiTechnic.

More information about LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education and HiTechnic equipment can be obtained by contacting the UAE distributors, Atlab (http://www.atlabme.com) or Edutech (www.edutech.com)

 Competition

WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge 2014

The WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge makes up the UAE qualifying stages of the World Robot Olympiad.

The World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Competition is a worldwide robotics competition. Participants must progress through a number of qualifying stages before they can be selected to participate in the WRO final.

To create and design robots that fit within the theme, “Robots and Space

Individuals/teams interested in participating in the WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge will be able to register to participate in one of the district based competitions being held around the country.

Depending on the number of participating teams, the winning teams at the district level may be invited to compete at a WRO UAE National Robotic Challenge Final. Selection of the UAE team that will participate at the 2014 WRO will be made from the teams participating at these district based competitions and the National Final.

District competitions must be held between 18-31 May 2014. District competitions are planned for the following locations:

  • Abu Dhabi City
  • Al Ain
  • Al Gharbia (Al Marfa)
  • Dubai
  • Sharjah/Ajman/Umm Al Quwain
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Fujairah

For district competitions to proceed, registrations for the competition must exceed 30 teams. If this target is not met, teams registered for that competition will be asked to compete in other district competitions.

Various groups may request to be allowed to organise additional district competitions provided that registrations for these competitions exceed 50 teams across the competition categories. Requests may be made by emailing wro@adec.ac.ae .

The WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge Final will be held in Abu Dhabi City on 06 June 2014 (Regular) and 07 June 2014 (WRO GEN II Football and Open Categories). To be eligible to compete at the final, a team must have participated at a 2014 WRO UAE district competition and have been selected to represent that district(however college and university teams maybe given direct entry to the finals depending on the number of teams entered).

Each district competition can only nominate, based on judges’ decision, a maximum of the following number of teams to compete in the National Final:

Regular Category

  • Under 13 years old - Team members < 13 (Elementary) – 3 best teams
  • Under 16 years old - Team members < 16, >= 13 (Junior High) – 3 best teams
  • Under 20 years old - Team members < 20, >= 16 (High School) – 3 best teams
  • College/University – 2 best teams

Open Category

  • 5 best teams across the age groups (may not include the winning teams from a particular age group if team entries in other age groups are considered to be better)
  • College/University (Open Category Pilot) – 2 best teams

WRO GEN II Football

  • 4 best teams across the age groups

Participants in the WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge must abide by the General Rules of the WRO competition, focusing on the category they are participating in and any Specific Rules associated with that category. Information and rule updates related to the WRO competition can be found on this website or at http://www.wroboto.org or the 2014 WRO Event website http://www.wro2014.org/. The Specific Rules contain information that generally changes each year, such as the theme, specific challenges and information about special exhibition competitions.

Please note that the 2014 theme is “Robots and Space” and that the open category mission is to: Design and create robots which will assist humankind in solving different tasks in Space.

 Prizes

All teams in the WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge will receive Participation Certificates.

Teams selected at district competitions to participate in the national final will receive certificates and medallions.

Winning teams at the 2014 WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge Final will receive trophies and may be invited* to represent the UAE at the 2014 WRO Arabia and 2014 WRO International Final in Russia.

*Dependent on WRO table of eligibility criteria. Teams invited to participate in WRO 2014 Russia will be asked to contribute to the costs of registration, travel and other related expenses. Teams may seek sponsorship to support this. In the event of a team declining an invitation to participate in the UAE team for 2014 WRO, the next best performing team in that category and age group will be invited.

 General Rules

A. Competition Categories

The World Robot Olympiad has three competition categories:

  1. Regular Category(including College/University)
  2. Open Category(including College/University pilot)
  3. WRO GEN II Football

A team may only participate in one category.

B. Age Group Definition

See www.wroboto.org for current age group definitions.

NOTE:

  • Participants are not confined to school-going students. Anyone can participate in the corresponding age groups.
  • College and university students may participate if the individual students fit into the HS age group bracket and HS students may participate in the College/University age group if they meet the eligibility requirements!
C. Team Definition

The WRO is a team-based challenge. To participate in each category of competition, students must work in teams.

  • A team consists of one (1) coach and two (2) or three (3) team members (competitors).
  • One (1) coach and one (1) team member is not considered to be a team and cannot participate.
D. Coaches
  • The minimum age of a coach (and assistant coaches) is age 20.
  • Coaches may work with more than one team; however each team needs to be assisted by a responsible adult. This person may be an assistant coach.
  • Coaches may offer students advice and guidance prior to the competition, however during the actual Olympiad competition, all work and preparation must be performed by the student members of the team.
E. Competition detailed rules, missions, scoring, and table specifications and game description are found on the Official and Host Country Website (http://www.wroboto.org or http://www.wro2014.org/). Competitors are urged to review them

 University & College Open Competition

WRO is piloting a new category of WRO competition that is open to university and college students. Participation is by invitation only. ADEC is partnering with Khalifa University of Science and Technology to participate with teams in the pilot of this category. For more information about this pilot, please email wro@adec.ac.ae

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 Judges & Stewards

Judges and stewards are required at all WRO UAE National Robotics Challenge competition events. While experience is not necessary it is does help. To register your interest to be a judge or steward, please follow the registration link.

Registrants selected to be competition judges and stewards will be contacted as soon as possible and notified of applicable training activities.

Participating judges may be invited to represent the UAE in judging panels at international WRO competitions.

 Registration & Competition Dates

 

WRO – UAE districts’ 2014 competitions as follow dates: 

  • Ajman – ADVETI | Saturday 24th of May 2014
  • Ras Al Khaima – ADVETI | Saturday 24th of May 2014
  • Fujairah – ADVETI | Saturday 24th of May 2014
  • Al Gharbia – Al Marf’a School | Wednesday 28th of May 2014
  • Dubai – Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) | Saturday 31st of May 2014
  • Abu Dhabi – Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) | Saturday 31st of May 2014
  • Al Ain - Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) | Saturday 31st of May 2014

 

Final WRO-UAE National competition 2014 will be held as following:

  •  Friday 6th of June 2014 – Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi | Regular Category
  • Saturday 7th of June 2014 – Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi | Open Category & Football

 

Winning Teams from each district or regional competition will compete at the national final. The UAE WRO team for 2014 will be selected from the high performing teams.

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