The Computer Science department at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in collaboration with TechnoFuture Lebanon, hosted the launching event of the 3rd VEX Robotics Championship in Lebanon which took place in AUB on Saturday October 10, 2015.
The VEX Robotics Competition, is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally with more than 10,000 teams from 33 countries. Each year, an exciting challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches. The actual competition will take place in March 2016 in AUB. Middle school, high school, and university teams from all over Lebanon will compete in different challenges for each category.
Omar Hussein, manager of VEX Lebanon, explained how a hands on experience is always a great opportunity for middle school, high school and university students to engage in realistic approach to learning. This technique is called the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) experience. The ideal way to teach STEM is through robotics, because a participating VEX team is responsible for designing, building, programming and evaluating every aspect involved in their robot. Finally, in addition to robotic & programming technical skills, it is always important to develop and practice soft skills like teamwork, leadership, and problem- solving
During the launching event, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) Lara Halaoui welcomed the VEX organizers and the students. She applauded the VEX Robotics competition for involving students from middle high schools in STEM activity: “increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing students with an opportunity to be engaged in a process that will excite them and will allow them to integrate concepts they have learned in the classroom, all while teaching them to work with other, to practice independent decision making and possible negotiating, and to exercise their creativity and logic in answering to the challenges, while having fun.”
The session on October 10 was mainly to inform attendees about the contest, the challenge of this year, the trainings that will be given to students, and the robots that should be used. The winners of the contest in March 2016 will qualify to the world championship in the USA in April 2016.
Good luck to the students and we are all looking forward to the competition in March.
Article Source : AUB Website