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Calling all UAE high school students interested in space and robotics
2019 will see the internationally acclaimed FIRSTÂ® Tech Challenge being run in the UAE for the first time ever, with American University of Sharjah (AUS) hosting the two-day event. The Challenge, which began in the United States in 1992, is a skill-building program for children in grades seven to twelve and will take place over two days inMarch, with applications to close soon. Teams of high school students interested in taking part are therefore encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment.
The Challenge is one in a progression of four programs, which make up FIRSTÂ®, an international organization designed to foster 21st century life skills, and spark the interest of young people in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The other programs in the FIRSTÂ® series include the Lego League and Lego League Junior, along with the FIRSTÂ® Robotics Competition where each year, over 400,000 students from around the world participate in the various programs. The UAE Ministry of Education and ATLAB are the two partners of UAEâs FIRSTÂ® events.
ATLAB and its wide range of STEM educational solutions feature robotics-based learning and hands-on activities, introducing subject models to students in innovative lessons and familiarizing them with both current and upcoming technological concepts. Students learn to collaborate, tackle problems in an inventive manner, and develop skills and leadership qualities that will help them thrive in the future.
High school students from across the UAE are invited to register in teams for the FIRSTÂ® Tech Challenge. Those who take part will design, build, program and operate a robot, which will then compete against other robots in a floor game. Each year, the challenge has a different theme, with 2019 set for a space theme. Participants will be tasked with creating planet-exploring robots, which will compete in a game called ROVER RUCKUSSM.
Dean of the College of Engineering at AUS, Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, says:
âWe are encouraging high school students from across the UAE who are interested in STEM subjects to take part. This is a hands-on way that students can apply mathematical and science skills in a real-world context. The Challenge also fosters important life-skills in participants, such as team building, problem-solving and organizational skills. This is therefore a great opportunity for students thinking about a future in engineering or science to learn more about where their STEM learning may take them.â
Sanjay Raghunath, Chairman & MD of ATLABâs parent company the Centena Group, adds âTomorrowâs employment market is truly unpredictable, there is no guaranteed method of discerning the skills required to survive, let alone thrive. With our educational solutions and collaborative events like the FIRSTÂ® Tech Challenge that involve students as well as parents and educators, we bring together school children from across the country, collaborating and discovering on one stage. Participating in these experiences can prepare our youth today for the jobs of tomorrow, giving them the social and technological skills, they will need to prosper.â
To get involved as a team or mentor, or to find out more about the FIRSTÂ® Tech Challenge, please visit: http://ftcuae.org/.