September 28, 2019 - College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, held another action-packed event at its campus this weekend for young people focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
More than 200 people attended the 2019 National Robot Olympiad – WRO Football category. It was the second part of the 2019 World Robotics Olympiad program for the State of Qatar.
Last April, the CNA-Q campus was the venue for Open and Regular Category competitions with participation of more than 150 students from schools across Qatar.
““As the country's national technical college, we are very pleased to host an event of this stature,” said Acting Vice-President, Academic Dr. Salem Al-Naemi. “We take great pride in offering robotics teacher training and hosting Qatar’s National Robotics Olympiad, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. This robotics initiative has supported the development of STEM skills in thousands of students in Qatar, while piquing their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. These fields are in great demand to actualize Qatar’s goals of a knowledge-based economy.”
The WRO Football Category was open to students aged 10-19 years. It involved exciting robot football matches that required students to design and program two robots to compete against an opposing pair of robots by kicking an infra-red ball into an opposing team’s goal.
The competitions promote STEM education and provide a fun way to educate students by designing, building and programming a robot model that is capable to perform a challenge, play football, or demonstrate a solution for a real-life problem.
The Educational Affairs Department, within the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, recognizes the value of robotics education, and as result integrated STEM and robotics skills development into the national curriculum for students in all grades.
Since its inception in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer more than 30 diploma and certificate programs, graduating thousands of students from full-time programs who have populated the workforce in Qatar or pursued further education. This year marks the 18th year that CNA-Q has been providing high-quality experiential technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision to educate, develop and retain young Qataris.