Despite the tournament being in its first year, the NERD Open Championship was a great success. The event co-hosted by Education & Technology Center and the Lebanese American University in Byblos, gathered teams from 31 schools, public organizations, and non-governmental organizations on November 10, 2018 to challenge for the national title in SUMO, Line Tracking, and Ball Collector.
The official opening ceremony of the 2018 OC season initiated the event's schedule with a speech by Dr. Raymond Ghajar, Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, who insisted on the importance of this event to LAU and the School of Engineering as it bridges the gap between school students and the university and for the students to have an outlook on what their future in engineering would be like at LAU. NERD Founder and the Education & Technology Center General Manager, Mr. Ghazi Mtaweh thanked LAU for their continuous support to NERD and stressed on the importance of collaboration between ETC and LAU, which started in 2012 co-hosting the Arab Robotics Championship and the extension of that collaboration in 2019 to co-host the FIRST LEGO League Open International. On his part, Mr. Imad Ashkar, Director of the private education sector at the Ministry of Education started his speech addressing Dr. Ghajar and Mr. Mtaweh by saying "this is a speech from the heart" thanking both the private sector institutions on setting an example of what their collaboration brings to youth and the country as a whole, when both hold values of respect and inclusion above all, wished both institutions a great success with their upcoming events, and vowed to support their initiative anyway possible in the coming months and years.
The 3 winning teams in Ball Collector: RoboDozers, Checkmate, and Under-Construction, competed in 15 rounds throughout the day to qualify for the final at the Arab Robotics Championship in Kuwait, while the two finalists in SUMO: STC UNO and STC Smarto battled each other out in a match that showed the best out of their robot's designs.
As for Line Tracking, the new scoring regulations set by the Arab Robotics Association allowed the 27 participating teams to remain competitive until the very last-minute compared to last year's of the tournament by distributing the team's final score on the three maps as follows: 20% for level 1 and 2, and 60% for the last map, compared to earlier years where teams got eliminated between one level and the one that followed. Each team brought their best on tournament day, and the final secret map proved to be a surprise to some, however all teams were able to perform their robots with slight differences at the top ranks, making the last minutes of the matches teeth clenching. The final ranking brought Smart Robot, King of Robots, Immune, Autobots, Bilal II, to the top of the pack and qualified them to the RoboChallenge to take place in China later on in August 2019.
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In partnership with the Ministry of Telecommunication and touch, the 2018 National Education Robotics Day was held on March 18 at the Hilton-Habtoor welcoming over 1500 visitors who were excited to witness live robot games, innovative ideas, and gracious professionalism in a fun and exciting approach.
For teams, the objective here is to learn, design, build, and program their way to represent both their group and country in multiple regional and international robotic championships happening around the world.
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After 4 months of hard work, teams prepare to showcase their ideas, innovations, and robot building skills they acquired or sharpened, and in many case mastered. In its 8th edition, NERD is just around the corner and spirits are high.
Organized annually by the Education & Technology Center, NERD’s objective is to promote STEM education and 21st century workforce skills through fun and plenty of hard work. Everybody is in full gear and conducting final checklists and modifications.
This year, and in partnership with both the Ministry of Telecommunications and Touch, NERD is expecting over 1000 visitors with 137 teams registered from more than 60 schools across the country.
With the support of LBC, our exclusive media partners, STEM education is reaching far and wide helping us deliver our message in creating fun with STEM and encouraging students to think like scientists and engineers.
We will meet this Sunday March 18, at the Hilton-Habtoor Hotel, Emirates Hall at 9:00 AM as the opening ceremony starts and enjoy a full day of robotic competitions, gracious professionalism, and above all, fun.
Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony at 7:00 PM with a special appearance by the Minister Jamal El Jarrah as he greets and congratulates the winners who will go on to represent their team and country in both regional and international championships.
A 2 day marathon! Same day last week, we made our way one more time to Zahle and Tripoli, on both Friday and Saturday to celebrate the official NERD18 kick-off which was hosted and supported by both the Order of Engineers & Architects in Tripoli and the American University of Science & Technology in Zahle.
NERD18 kicks off it’s 8th edition of the biggest robotic competitions event in the country, and it’s happening on March 17, at the Forum De Beyrouth.
Students, coaches, teachers, and schools showed up alongside their teams to witness the official kick-off while going through this season’s rules, regulations, and missions for each of the 5 competitions held this year at NERD18.
Here’s a breakdown in case you missed it.
FIRST LEGO League Junior: Kids will need to find out how water gets to them and how they can help make the journey better. They later on design a solution to improve a part of that journey. This year’s mission is called “Aqua Adventure”.
FIRST LEGO League: This season’s challenge is to improve the way people find, transport, use, or dispose of water. “HydroDynamics” is this year’s mission.
FIRST Tech Challenge: The name of the game this season is “Relic Recovery” presented by Qualcomm, as two alliances face off during a Driver-Controlled period and an Autonomous period, excitement is definitely expected here!
SUMO Robot: In a SUMO type of arena, teams have only 3 minutes to battle it out and find out who’s the better Robot left standing.
Line Tracking: Kids design and program a fully autonomous robot able to track an existing path on a circuit specially designed for this purpose.
Since 2010, the National Education Robotics Day alongside their international partners, FIRST and LEGO Group, has been a platform for ages 6 through 19, encouraging kids to think like scientists and engineers. “NERD is all about creating fun with STEM while facing real world challenges and missions, and in the end, to find solutions to those problems.” concluded Farah Mtaweh, Executive Manager at NERD.
It was an amazing NERD 2018 kick-off event and just in case you missed it, here’s what went down.
From Beirut Digital District last week, the National Education Robotics Day announced it's 2018 season kickoff with over 100 people attending the ceremony. “The biggest robotics competitions event in Lebanon is happening on March 17, 2018 at the Forum De Beyrouth.” said Ghazi Mtaweh, ETC Founder and Managing Partner at NERD.
Mtaweh continues, “NERD17 drew in 120 registered teams last year, and attended by over a 1000 people who share a vision and passion towards STEM and the new age of technology, robots.” After the event, teams were going around getting into conversations with other teams, coaches, and professors, to stand on the latest concerning their projects.
Dr. Mhamad Awad from IEEE Lebanon Section spoke at the kick-off about the partnership they have built with NERD and the love for STEM education they both share on a strategic level. With the instrumental participation of IEEE, NERD is able to maintain an international high-level judging apparatus.
Moreover, and during the ceremony, the Education & Technology Center and NERD recognized a number of 10 award winning teams that participated in the 2017 International Championships and they go as follows:
FIRST World Championship held in Houston, Texas - USA
FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship held in Bath - United Kingdom
FIRST LEGO League Open European Championship held in Aarhus - Denmark
Under Construction - UCT
Come March 18 of next year, teams will once again face off during the biggest robotics competitions event in the country. Register your teams now and get in on the fun!