Special needs students to take part in robot Olympiad

ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) presented robotic supplies to representatives from the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), an educational institution for students with special needs.

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Published: Tue 1 Nov 2011, 9:34 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

Two students from the SCHS, Abdulhadi Bassam Ashour and Bahjat Omar Mohammed, visited ADEC Headquarters with their instructor to receive robotics equipment used as the official platform for the annual International WRO competition, including 15 LEGO Education’s MindstormsÒ NXT solution kits and four LEGO Education’s Green City kits.

Bahjit Omar Mohammed said: “We are very happy to participate in the WRO. Not only is this a good opportunity for students with special needs, but it is also a chance for us to represent Sharjah, since we are the first school from the Emirate to participate in the competition. We are looking forward to the WRO and will do our best to stand out.”

Mohammed Abu Zahra, the team’s instructor, said: “We have an ambitious team and the WRO is a great platform for our students who have a given talent for working with robotics and technical kits as it helps further develop their creative skills and problem solving skills.”

Dr Najla Al Naqbi, Programme Manager of ADEC, who presented the kits said: “As we prepare to host the International WRO for the first time in the Middle East, we have been presenting all of our educators and students, including those with special needs, with the equipment and training required to compete in this event. We have seen a positive response from special needs students as a result this programme, because through teamwork, robotics enables them to collectively focus on their abilities rather than disabilities.”

SCHS is a local non-profit organisation founded in 1979 as a branch of the Arab Family Organisation in the Gulf region, aiming to advance the Arab family and develop the social services it needs. SCHS serves annually more than three thousand persons with disabilities from different nationalities and age groups.

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