March 20th 2015 - "We're here to win, but our favorite part is getting to know people from other countries, and learn new things" says Jubilee School student Hikmat, during the 8th Arab Open Robotics Championship. The Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education hosted this tournament, which brought together 88 teams from across the region, in an effort to encourage youth interested in science and technology to express their unique talents and exchange experiences, culture, and knowledge in the field of robotics.
"The best part is the atmosphere, which connects people who all have a real passion for robotics from all around" said 15 year old Ramiz. This passion was clearly expressed in the students focused faces, their disappointment in losing, and the support among teammates competing.
The opening day was especially exciting for the students, as they had the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, as the Championship was held under his patronage. The students impressed the Prince with their courage and youthful enthusiasm, each team asking for a "selfie" with His Royal Highness, before sharing their innovative projects with him.
"It's our responsibility to incorporate technology into education so that students become innovators of and not just users of technology" said Ms. Suha Jouaneh, Jubilee Institute Director, highlighting the need to encourage bright minds through this initiative. As such, the championship included tournaments across several fields, offering students a chance to play up their strength.
“Inspiring young people across the Arab World to unleash creativity in the fields of science and technology is of critical importance to the future of our economies” added Nabih Maroun, the MENA Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton.
After competing for two days at the Dead Sea, the winning team to take the Arab Champion Prize in the field of robotics was the 'Robo Star' team from the King Abdullah ll school in Irbid, Jordan. Second place went to 'Robo Ibdaa' team from the Ammar Malhas Technology Center from Jordan, with third place going to 'Robodizr' team from the Hope Foundation for education from Lebanon. The Jubilee School also took a top prize as the 'Arab Robotics Sumo' champions!
The championship was held in collaboration with the Arab Robotics Association and was sponsored by King Abdullah II Fund for Development, King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center.