Celebrating Youth Innovation at First Lego League – TumuhaTEC webpage
During March and April TumuhaTEC partnered with Al Zainab Preparatory School for Girls to host First Lego League (FLL) in Qatar, a robotic competition for 9 – 16 year olds. The aim of the competition is to get students excited about technology and science, while teaching them valuable employment and life skills.
After winning the Qatari Regional Competitions, six lucky students from Abu Bakir Independent School packed their bags and headed off to the Arab Finals in Beirut, Lebanon. Shortly after, the students headed off to St. Louis, Missouri, USA to represent Qatar in the World Finals.
The team was joined by two runner-up contestants from Al Zainab Preparatory School for Girls, two team coaches and Ms. Mariam Al Awadi, Qatar’s First Lego League representative.
While in St. Louis the team took part in various judging activities as well as sightseeing and cultural activities. On the first day the team presented their robots to a panel of judges. The team also answered questions about their robot’s design, programming, mission and team work.
During their trip the team had the opportunity to explore St. Louis as well as let others learn more about the Qatari culture during the opening ceremony.
“Being part of the Arab Finals in Lebanon was a great experience. I was proud of our team and how we were all together as one Arabic team. Taking part in the World Finals was also great as it allowed us to meet new people from different countries - each with their own personalities. It was a lot of fun,” said Abdulla Al Maraghy, a member of the Qatar team.
Now back in Qatar and already brainstorming ideas for next years’ competition, Abdulla encourages all high school students in Qatar to take part in FLL. “First Lego League is a competition you can learn lots from while having a blast at the same time, I encourage all of you to join.”
To find out more about First Lego League, view here www.firstlegoleague.org