QU-CENG honours Annual Computing Contest winners
14 May 2017 - 10:20
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) honoured the team of Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Independent School for Boys for their first-place win in its recent Annual Computing Contest. Second-place and third-place winners were the teams of Qatar Technical Independent School for Boys and Amna bint Wahab Independent School for Girls respectively.
Additionally, Qatar Technical Independent School for Boys team won the Creativity Award, Al Bayan Independent School for Girls team won the Best Design Award, and Dukhan Independent School team won the Spirit Award.
The contest which was sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) drew 28 teams of 56 students from 14 schools. It required students to program a robot that will perform tasks within a limited time. Leading up to the final day, the students attended workshops, and met with QU faculty members who visited the schools and provided guidance on competition rules and guidelines.
In his remarks, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa said: “I would like to thank Qapco for supporting this competition and the participating schools. This competition aims to attract students to programs of computer science and computer engineering and to raise their awareness on the importance of STEM subjects to the community and industry.”
Qapco Managing Director and CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla said: “Qatar University provides support for numerous outreach programs related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and it is great to see so many local school students participating. It is especially important that we promote the benefits of computer science as this field can positively impact upon every area of society, and Qapco is proud to collaborate with Qatar University on this program.”
CSE Head Dr Sumaya Al Maadeed said: “This competition is considered as one of the efforts made to develop the academic progress at CENG Department of Computer Science and Engineering through reaching secondary schools in order to get students aware of the engineering and scientific principles before they join university. This competition is an opportunity to discover the students’ capacities and to help them develop such skills further to program robots that can do several tasks at a specific time within a planned track.”