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.