Kidsity and bp Oman held the National Robotic Olympics for kids

Roundup Tuesday 14/May/2024 11:59 AM
By: Times News Service
Kidsity and bp Oman held the National Robotic Olympics for kids

Muscat: In partnership with bp Oman and collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Kidsity held the fifth National Robotics Olympics closing ceremony, held under the patronage of Talal bin Nasser Al-Adawi, Assistant Director-General of the Directorate-General of Administrative Affairs for Human Resources Development.

The National Robotics Olympics is a team competition to design and programme the best designed robot using EV3 (evolution 3 Lego) and Spike Prime robotics models to complete the competition tasks and win matches against teams from all 11 governorates in Oman. In this cycle, a total of 459 beneficiaries participated in the programme and 24 teams comprising a total of 48 students qualified for the final stage.

The competition started with a qualification stage which was held for a duration of three weeks, qualifying two teams from each governorate to compete in the final stage of the competition. The matches required designing and programming robots to compete in green hydrogen production by operating the hydrogen production unit and then collecting hydrogen atoms and storing them in their designated places.

Saif Al-Manji, co-founder of Kidsity, highlighted the importance of the National Robot Olympics competition, saying: “These programmes open new horizons for students, giving them a dose of creativity and analytical thinking, and sharpening their spirit of perseverance. Kidsity actively contributes to building a promising future for talented Omani youth, who in turn will play a key role in building a sustainable future for Oman.”

Ibrahim Al Hinai, Social Investment Manager at bp Oman, Kuwait and Qatar, commented: “We believe in inspiring innovation across younger generations especially in the field of education. Education is a key pillar of Oman’s 2040 vision which we aim to support and is vital for Oman’s future development. The national robotic Olympics competition allows students to learn in a creative way, explore their potential in robotics and supports their knowledge in STEM education. Throughout the last five cycles of the National Robotics Olympics we were able to benefit more than 1800 beneficiaries.”