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STEM Hub Robotics Club recognized for participating in FIRST Global Challenge

Published Jan 29, 2020


Texas A&M University at Qatar recognized the local high school students who participated in the STEM Hub Robotics Club (SHRC) and represented Qatar in the FIRST® Global Challenge (FGC) 2019. The SHRC students participated remotely in the competition, which was held in Dubai in October.

The FGC is an "Olympics"-style robotics event in which one team from each nation is invited to compete in an international challenge. FGC 2019's Team Qatar comprised 14 high school students from 11 different school in Qatar and competed against 191 other national teams.

The SHRC initiative at Texas A&M at Qatar was established in cooperation with Qatar National Research Fund by STEM expert Dr. Mohamed Gharib in 2019 to use robotics to enhance, supplement and enrich science and math learning experiences for secondary students; to put together a team of talented students from different schools in Qatar whose interests are in engineering in general and robotics in particular; and to prepare the students to participate in international competitions representing Qatar.

Team Qatar has shown a strong presence in the FGC since first participating in FGC 2018 when Qatar achieved the bronze medal amongst 161 nations. The SHRC aims to ensure the continuity of the team and transfer the knowledge and experience among the students, Gharib said.