BAHRAIN'S young scientists battled it out yesterday to be crowned winners of the second Bahrain National Robotics Olympiad.
The annual two-day event showcased robotic designs created by 180 students from 32 private and public schools from across Bahrain and they were judged by a panel of experts since Tuesday at the Education Ministry Hall, Isa Town.
The event was hosted by AMA International School (AMAIS) in partnership with learning specialist Edutech Dubai and was held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first vice chairman and Royal Equestrian and Endurance president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Teams of three, which included students aged between seven and 16, had to design, create and build a robot that looked or behaved like a human athlete.
Once the groups had assembled a standard Lego Mindstorm NXT Robot, they then had to send it commands and tasks to complete within two hours.
Shaikh Khalid announced preparations were underway for Bahrain to host the World Robotics Olympiad in 2014.
"Such events contribute to encouraging scientific innovation among our youth and nurtures the talent Bahrain's young generation hold," said Shaikh Khalid at the closing ceremony, which was attended by Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi and officials.
"This scientific gathering is considered as a milestone that provides the society with the perfect environment to foster the talents and innovations in our youth."
The winners will represent Bahrain in the World Robotics Olympiad Arabia 2012, which will be held in Qatar in September.
They will then go on to represent Bahrain once more in the World Robotics Olympiad Malaysia in November, where they will compete against 30 other countries.
Meanwhile, AMAIS director Marietta Sicat praised the youngsters for putting Bahrain on the map in the field of scientific innovations.
"We are very proud to have put together such a great event under the patronage of Shaikh Khalid to inspire students from all over Bahrain," she said.
"With the kind of training and exposure we have given these students, I am very confident that the teams will do us proud.
"It gives me great confidence to know that these students will truly do their best to put Bahrain's name on the world map."
AMA International School is the first school to integrate robotics into its curriculum and is also the first to give students the opportunity to build and programme a robot of their own.
The event was conducted under the auspices of World Robotics Committee comprising representatives from various countries and aims to bring together youngsters from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions.