Omani brother-sis­ter duo beat se­niors in ro­bot­ics com­pe­ti­tion

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

Times News Ser­vice

MUS­CAT: Two sib­lings who are still in school, man­aged to de­feat univer­sity stu­dents in the “host­ing coun­try” por­tion of the Open Arab Ro­bot­ics Cham­pi­onship to bag the sec­ond place.

Al Ya­man and Sun­dus Al Shaqsi said to Times of Oman, “We were shocked when we ar­rived in Kuwait for the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause we found out that the other con­tes­tants were univer­sity stu­dents. Hon­estly, we were wor­ried then.”

Al Ya­man stud­ies in sev­enth grade while his sis­ter, Sun­dus, is in the tenth. The two had al­ways loved sci­ence and had taken part in ro­bot­ics events, but it was their fa­ther’s en­cour­age­ment that mo­ti­vated them to com­pete.

“Our fa­ther’s en­cour­age­ment re­ally helped, as he is a mem­ber of the Arab Ro­bot­ics So­ci­ety,” the two added. “Be­cause of his en­cour­age­ment, we de­cided to take part as the com­pe­ti­tion ran dur­ing the se­mes­ter break.”

Fur­ther­more, the chil­dren had dif­fi­culty find­ing the right kind of ro­bot in the GCC coun­tries, and found out it would take time for it to ar­rive from Ko­rea if they or­dered it from the fac­tory.

How­ever, Sultan Qa­boos Univer­sity was able to sup­ply it. Added to that, their coach was un­able to make it to the com­pe­ti­tion due to per­sonal rea­sons, and they had to go with their fa­ther.

Al Ya­man said, “The big­gest is­sue we faced was a screw on our ro­bot break­ing dur­ing the first round. We thought we would lose then, but then an­other team helped us by pro­vid­ing a spare that could fit.”

The two were able to win sec­ond place in spite of all the dif­fi­cul­ties. They said, “We would like to thank our coun­try and fam­ily, as well as all those who helped us on the way. We would also like to thank Sultan Qa­boos Univer­sity for the ro­bot.”

The “host­ing coun­try” com­pe­ti­tion part of the cham­pi­onship in­volved pro­gram­ming a ro­bot to go through an ob­sta­cle course that showed the fa­mous land­marks of Kuwait.

PRE­CO­CIOUS: Al Ya­man and Sun­dus Al Shaqsi won the sec­ond place in spite of a num­ber of dif­fi­cul­ties.

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