January 29th Hall B Canadian University Dubai: The Canadian University Dubai (CUD) Faculty of Engineering has hosted over 50 Chinese students from Shanghai for the very first International Robot Maker (IRM) Competition to be held in the UAE.
Organized in collaboration with Oriental Wise Educational Consulting FZ-LLC, a Chinese Education Service Center in the UAE, the competition saw students test their Robotics skills in a keenly fought contest that set out with the mission to “encourage participants to work outside the classroom, form a team, think independently, and make innovative robots to compete for honor.”
Competitors were required to make their own robots, using a set of components and following a strict set of rules. There were two elements to the competition, a Robot Soccer Game and, most exciting of all, an all-out Robot Sumo Fight.
This is the first IRM Competition to be held in the UAE and the initiative aims to encourage players to compete on the world stage and gain valuable practical skills, as well as develop logical thinking techniques. Through this, they can create smart, intelligent robots and challenge their peers in a healthy, competitive environment.
The students, all members of a Robotics Club from GSTEM (Shanghai) Robot Co., located in the Science Park of Shanghai University, came to CUD as part of a tour of the UAE, visiting various colleges and university campuses.
Two days prior to the competition, Professors from the Faculty of Engineering, together with their students, showed the visitors how to design and build robots in preparation for the event. Provided with basic components and under supervision, they put their technical and creative skills to work, making robots that could take on the two competition elements.
Both events offered the students a unique insight into university life in Dubai and gave them the opportunity to meet experts in the field of Robotics.
Delighted with the way the students worked as a team and applied what they had learnt to skillfully develop imaginative robots, Dr. Sherif Moussa, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering commented, “Encouraging students to challenge themselves outside the classroom is a good test of their practical programming and mechanical skills.”
CUD’s Robotics Club is an initiative by the Faculty of Engineering and is actively involved in reaching out to local high schools, organizing several Robotics Competitions throughout the year. Dr. Sherif concluded, “With the launch of a new Mechatronics Program in the Department of Engineering last Fall, hosting events such as this is an excellent approach to showcase the achievement of the Program Learning Outcomes.