Pakistani Robotics Team heads to the US to take part in Global Robotics Challenge 2017
Pakistani Robotics team, comprising of six school students from Islamabad, are all set to prove their show their mettle at First Global Challenge robotics competition 2017.
Young Pakistan team and their mentors are currently in Washington, DC to participate in First Global Challenge 2017 — a three-day robotics competition for young students that aims to stimulate interest in science and technology among worldwide youngsters.
The team includes Hamza Arshad Bhatti, Dawood Ahmad Kiyani, Ahmed Waheed, Muhammad Bin Mohsin, Maryam Ahmad Kiyani and Syed Suleman Ali. The six members, also known as AlphaBots Pakistan, hail from Islamabad and are students of EMS High School in Islamabad.
Talking to Islamabad Scene, the team’s spokesperson, Maryam Ahmad Kiyani said: “It is an honour to represent Pakistan on an international platform where over 160 countries are contesting. We have done our best, and hope to raise the Pakistan flag high and proud” with our accomplishments at the contest.
These young robotics students have also represented Pakistan in the International First Lego League competition in United States in April 2017.
“With our work and dedication, we aim to encourage the young generation and promote the field of robotics in Pakistan” Hamza Arshad Bhatti explained.
Team mentor Ali Syed said that the team has been intensely preparing for this international competition for weeks, after winning a national competition organized by Lets Innovate. “Our team is honored to represent Pakistan at global stage and to show that Pakistani students have a passion and an aptitude for solving problems through robotics,” said Ali Syed.
The six Pakistani students will compete for top honours with teams from 160 countries in Washington, DC this week from July 16 to July 18.
The Pakistani team is financially supported by the American Embassy. Before their departure to the US, American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jonathan Pratt met with the team members to encourage them to cooperate actively with their colleagues from 160 other nations. “I hope you take advantage of the opportunity to share ideas about how to use robotics to solve some of the biggest problems that Pakistan, the United States, and other countries around the world face,” Pratt said.
First Global (www.first.global) is the world’s first international robot Olympics for high-school students with an aim to inspire science and technology interest and innovation among the 2 billion youth of the world. The opening ceremony for the 2017 First Global Challenge will take place at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
This year the teams will present robots designed to clean contaminated water as the theme of the Challenge this year is focused on tackling the global water crisis.
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