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OPEN ARAB ROBOTICS COMPETITION IX

OARC9 Activities Finalized on March 27, 2016 in Beirut.


The Open Arab Robotics Competition in its 9 th edition has finalized its activities on March 27 with the crowning of 3 teams from Lebanon and Egypt champions of the competition in its 3 age groups.

Education & Technology Center in collaboration with the American University of Beirut, and the support of IEEE Lebanon Section and FIRST Strategic Partner Booz Allen Hamilton, hosted the competition over 3 days gathering 59 teams from the Arab world in preparation for the world championship on April 27 in 3 major qualifying tournaments:

FIRST LEGO League Jr. for elementary level students, FIRST LEGO League for middle school students, and FIRST TECH Challenge at the high school level, of which FLL Jr and FTC were introduced for the first time in the competition. Advancing from their national tournaments to OARC, the 3 categories attracted more than 400 participants and 600 attendees were students presented the results of over three months of hard work to a panel of judges involving 50 university instructors and experts in the fields of computer science, mechanical engineering, entrepreneurship and teamwork. The Head of Jury and IEEE president in Lebanon, Dr. Imad El Hajj, stressed the impact of such an event in bringing the Arab students together “not only to learn about robotics and technology, but more importantly to share ideas and learn from one another in an exciting and friendly atmosphere.” The judges convened on Sunday evening to announce team 725 - Tic Tac Toe Arab champions in FIRST LEGO League, and team 801 - Murphies Inspire Award winner at the FIRST TECH Challenge.

The event was rated as a great success for both organizers and the event founders the Arab Robotics Association, despite all circumstances surrounding the Arab World, which kept several teams incapable of visiting Beirut to take part in the event, and remained a perfect example of how Arab students are dedicated to provide a perfect example of their knowledge and skill when provided with the convenient chances.

2015/16 Season Wrap-up

With 2 competitions organized by Education & Technology Center for the 2015/16 season, 6 teams from across the country qualified to represent Lebanon and the Arab World at the international competitions.

BAT team, national FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Jr., Robobuilders, national FLL Champion, Fast and Curious, national FIRST TECH Challenge (FTC) Champion traveled to represent Lebanon at the World Championship held in St. Louis, USA on April 27. 2 more teams: Tic Tac Toe, FLL Arab Champion, and Jalapenos, replacing FTC Arab Champion Murphies from Egypt, joined the National Champions in their trip.

The visit was a tense yet exciting trip for the Lebanese teams representing Lebanon for the first time in 3 the competitions: FLL Jr, FLL, and FTC after having only 1 team for the last 3 years represent Lebanon at FLL alone. The first 2 days for FLL teams held judging sessions in which Tic Tac Toe was requested on a call back meeting with the judges as a Championship contending team, which granted them a Finalist Award putting them in either second or third rank among 105 teams representing 84 countries and more than 29 thousand teams around the globe. This comes as a third year in a row for Lebanon being qualified for a finalist rank in FLL (2013/14: Fast and Curious 1st runner up - 2014/15: Fast and Curious World Champion, 2015/16: Tic Tac Toe Finalist Award)

Robobuilders along with BAT, were handed the Gracious Professionalism award each in their respective competition, summarized as an award that recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field. Gracious Professionalism is an outstanding award for both teams, as it represents the mission of FIRST programs all over the globe.

On the highest level, Jalapenos and Fast and Curious were not as lucky as the FLL Jr. and the FLL teams, and were only able to get ranked at 54 and 46 respectively among 126 teams competing for the FTC title. Both teams gained Lebanon's first experience in FTC, a competition considered a step further to the world of Engineering brought to school students.

Bringing this season to a wrap, and as the habit has been set, the last team to represent Lebanon at an International tournament was TechnoFusion joining the Invitational European Championship, where the team was able to bring yet another award in the Project Section of FLL: the Research Award, which recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified related to the Trash Trek theme.

Another successful season and new experiences shared and collected by more than 50 students from the various teams traveling this year to represent Lebanon, and we can only hope this long streak of success remains viable and a driving force for veteran and new-coming teams.

National Education Robotics Day 2016

Our National Education Robotics Day for 2016, in its sixth season was held at the American University of Beirut on March 5, 2016, with a generous dedication and support by LBCI, Khoury Home, IEEE, and Zoomaal. The event gathered more than 700 registered participants in 84 teams and attracted over 1200 attendees from schools, universities and general public. The six tournaments: FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, FIRST TECH Challenge, Line Tracking, SUMO, and Vision Centric Challenge, were organized on one day, making #NERD16 highest robotics tournament in outreach in Lebanon since its first year in 2010.

The award ceremony was held in the evening at 8PM, and crowned team 802 - Fast and Curious (FnC FTC version) winners of the Inspire Award in FTC, and team 721 - Robobuilders Champions of FLL, both teams will be traveling to the World Festival on April 27 to represent Lebanon among 84 countries at the most spread international championship in the globe and will be looking to succeed in their quest for yet another title in Robotics for Lebanon after last year's achievement for FnC winning the international title in FLL. STC Ultra was announced Line Tracking Champion, BAT Team in FLL Jr. will be representing Lebanon at the World Festival, VCC Champion: Student Technology Club at RHU.

Open Arab Robotics Competition

Team qualification to the Open Arab Robotics Competition to be held in Lebanon between March 25 and 27, at the American University of Beirut has been announced for Lebanese teams. Being honored with hosting the event for the second time since 2012, 14 FLL teams, 3 SUMO teams, 6 Line Tracking, 6 FLL Jr. and 2 FTC teams will be progressing to be part of the event expected to join more than 40 teams from the Arab World in support of Booz, Allen, Hamilton.

FTC FIELD SET UP IN LIU - RIYAQ BRANCH

Another FTC field has been set up in the Lebanese International University - Riyaq Branch (LIU), within the collaboration process between ETC & the private universities in Lebanon. This field aims to serve students and teams from Baalbek and Hermel areas willing to participate in the FTC competition at NERD16.

The university will open its doors for teams wishing to test their robots on their field and interact with engineering students for any additional help and support.

Present at the field set up were Dr. Hasan AL Hajj, LIU Riyaq principle, manager of ETC Mr. Ghazi Mtaweh and ETC project manager Farah Mtaweh. ETC would like to thank LIU administration for their collaboration and determination to support students in the field of technology education.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE PUBLIC SCHOOL TRAINING

Our first FLL training session for the 10 public schools to benefit from the LEGO Foundation grant during the 2015 "Trash Trek" season was held on December 15, 2015 at the Ministry of Education. The training set the team coaches and mentors on track to be part of the competition allowing students from public schools to receive equal learning opportunities as their fellows in private schools.

The 10 public schools to benefit from this grant are from the following Lebanese governorates:
Mount Lebanon: Maroun Aboud Official Secondary School Aley and Dhour Shweir Public Secondary School in Dhour Shweir
Beirut: Haret Hreik School for Girls in Southern Suburbs, Sin El Fil Public School in the Northern Suburbs, and Shakeeb Irslan Official School in Central Beirut
Akkar: Lycee Officiel des Filles in Kobeyat
North Lebanon: Georges Tarraf Official Secondary School in Tripoli
South Lebanon: Dr. Nazih Bizri Public School in Saida
Nabatieh: Ksaibi High School in Ksaibi
Al Bekaa: Zahle Official School for Girls in Zahle

Each school will form a team of up to 10 students for FLL, and will be preparing for the national competition to be held on March 5, 2016 in collaboration with the American University of Beirut.

IN-CLASS FIRST LEGO LEAGUE AT RAFIC HARIRI HIGH SCHOOL - SAIDA

Although FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is mainly established as an extra-curricular club at participating schools, RHHS has been the first to launch FLL in a classroom setting for Grade 8 students. The club is administered directly by ETC and is currently at its second year of establishment.

Contact us to establish FIRST programs at your school or club similar to RHHS.

FREE ROBOTICS COURSES (BII)

Education and Technology Center has held its second robotics introductory training course for teachers in the region of Beirut at its offices. The courses help teachers know more about STEM education using robots like LEGO Education Mindstorms. You can review the 8-hour course material on this link.

Contact us to start your full or introductory course here.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ROBOTICS CLUB AT EDUCATION SCHOOL NETWORK

Ahead of the summer vacation, students at Eduvation School Network finalized their LEGO Education projects and presented them to their parents. The club intended on using the material to incorporate learning principles to their school life and students were able to build a transmission capable of developing its speed, a rattle snake capable of holding it’s weight using a gear train, and a ball thrower and a collector capable of tracing its location.

Contact us to start a robotics club for all ages reaching high school at your school or club