31 Oct Israeli teens win silver at robotics Olympics in Dubai for ocean-cleaning robot
Baku, October 31, AZERTAC
An Israeli delegation of high school students returned victorious from the FIRST Global Challenge held in Dubai this weekend, winning a silver medal for their robot which they built to aid the global effort to clean the oceans, according to TPS news agency.
The Israeli team qualified for the final stage of the international competition with the highest possible rank, following nine consecutive wins. They won four medals in total, including the silver medal in the finals. In addition, the team received a special medal for exceptional help to other groups.
The various delegations competed with robots they developed to address the global issue of ocean waste. The teams were graded based on their robot’s ability to collect as many waste items as possible from an ocean-like arena.
The Israel FIRST delegation consisted of five Megiddo regional high school students from the north and was sponsored by the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa.
The 2019 FIRST Global Challenge took place in Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which does not generally allow Israeli citizens to enter. Prior to the delegation’s departure for Dubai, Education Minister Rafi Peretz was called upon to help facilitate the security permits required for the trip.
Peretz congratulated the team upon their return, telling the students they made Israel proud.
“The impressive achievement of our national robotics team brings great pride to the Israeli education system and the entire State of Israel. Beyond its educational importance, the competition is an important opportunity for Israel in the technological and political aspects as well,” he said.
Yuval Rotem, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commended the students’ impressive achievement.
“Congratulations team Israel! Your great achievement at the First Global robotics competition in Dubai shows that the next generation of Israel’s innovators is indeed a very promising one!” he tweeted.