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Robots Are All The Rage

Competition gets United Arab Emirates students keen on coding

Learning about technology can be really fun, especially if robots are involved. A few machine-learning humanoids recently helped encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the Think Science Fair 2018 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

At the three-day event, students were invited to program four-foot-tall Meccanoid XL 2.0 robots to complete an obstacle course in the fastest time possible. In addition to being fun, the experience encouraged participants to consider careers in software programming and coding.

Three winning students took home robots. “I'm very happy that I won, and my friends are so proud of me," said 12-year-old Hilal Salem Nagi from the Islamic School for Training and Education in Dubai, UAE, who won first place. "Learning how to work with the robot was a lot of fun and I can't wait to learn how I can use it to do more things.”

 Robots Are All The Rage12-year-old Hilal Salem Nagi from the IslamicSchool for Training and Education in Dubai, UAE, proudly stands next to hiswinning robot.

"Honeywell is committed to empowering the next generation of scientists and engineers with the skills they need to solve tomorrow's problems,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell, Middle East, Russia, Turkey & Central Asia. "We are pleased to be a sponsor of Think Science, a program that cultivates the curiosity, intellect, and skills of thousands of youth. We believe that inspiring the next generation will accelerate the UAE's technology ambitions, and position the country as a technology and innovation leader in the years to come."

Our sponsorship of the Think Science Fair is supported by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, our corporate citizenship initiative, which has helped inspire more than five million students to embrace STEM education at all grade levels worldwide .


Johan Janssen
Corporate External Communications Manager – Middle East