WITH around 2,000 students on roll, AMA International School (AMAIS) is embedded in the local community and boasts an international outlook.
The school, which follows the K-12 American curriculum, has officially announced that registrations are now open for the upcoming World Robotics Olympiad (WRO) 2021 to be hosted virtually from May 25 to 27.
WRO tournaments are organised in more than 85 countries worldwide and AMAIS, being a partner of the association, is hosting the 2021 tournament in Bahrain.
The event, which aims to give young people the opportunity to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way, features a new theme each season with challenges tailored to participants’ ages.
AMAIS academics director Bushra Mandeel said the event is one of the most important ones for AMAIS. “This year’s theme focuses on ‘The Future of Energy’, where the teams will be looking at the challenges that come with using more energy from renewable sources,” she said.
“At AMAIS, we have a great team looking after the technical aspects of this competition to ensure the quality and accurate delivery of the event’s main objective, which is to promote creative thinking, co-operation and communication between the participants.
“We would like to encourage all the schools across the kingdom to register for this competition as it is open for elementary, middle and high school.”
WRO association’s programme manager Karen Bebelaar said WRO’s aim is to “increase the number of participating international teams and increase engagement with major universities, institutions, corporations and foundations”, to raise WRO’s visibility and its support growth globally.
“We are always happy to collaborate with AMAIS, who are WRO’s ambassadors in Bahrain, due to their academic calibre and successful execution of our programmes.”
This year’s olympiad offers challenging competitions for students aged eight to 19 under two categories – ‘Regular’ and ‘Open’.
Participants in the ‘Regular’ category will build and programme robots that modernise the energy use of a house, assist with charging cars in a parking garage and help manage the energy mix on the grid.
Participants in the ‘Open’ category will develop robots that will enable the use of renewable energy sources in the most efficient way.
Winners will be selected by a panel of international judges who will score based on recorded video submissions and live demonstrations.
Bahrain is one of the nine countries organising the tournament in the Middle East alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.
For more information on WRO and to register, follow AMAIS on Instagram @AMAISB_official or visit the school’s official website, www.amais.edu.bh.