Saudi delegation partakes in 'First LEGO League Open International Championship' in Byblos

Mon 17 Jun 2019 at 16:50 Education & Culture

NNA - A delegation from Saudi Arabia participated in the "First LEGO League Open International Championship" which was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Lebanese American University (LAU), with the participation of 47 countries from different continents.

The ceremony which was held on LAU Byblos campus was attended by the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, Director General of the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Raafat Jumbi and the Director General of Advanced Schools for Intelligent Learning, Assad Abu Hussein, as well as political dignitaries and heads of participating countries.

Saudi Arabia, via the team of advanced schools for smart learning under the leadership of Trainer, Robot Expert Dr. Tharwat Ali, reaped the 16th rank among more than 700 high school students from around the world who competed in the design and programming of educational robots, as well as the introduction of scientific projects in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Speaking at the sidelines of the ceremony, Dr Jumbi told Saudi News Agency that "First Lego League" Championship aims at spreading the culture of innovation among students and teachers and encouraging the participants to qualify them in local and international competitions.

The Saudi official said that the competition constitutes the first spark that reinforces the interest of students in scientific research and technological computer development in line with the student activity and scientific scholastic courses.

The Championship, which was held from June 14 to 16, and organized by the Faculty of Engineering at the Lebanese American University and the Center for Education and Technology (ETC), is tantamount to a "technologically innovative event and an opportunity for the meeting of young people from around the world, to engage and exchange cultural knowledge that contributes to bringing them further together."

================== Lina Younis

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