Qatar Academy Wins CMU-Q’s Botball

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Published March 13th, 2018 - 06:32 GMT
The Qatar Academy students won a trip to Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, where they will visit the world-renowned School of Computer Science.
The Qatar Academy students won a trip to Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, where they will visit the world-renowned School of Computer Science.

The 14th annual Botball competition went down to the wire, with Qatar Academy narrowly edging out Doha Secondary and the Lebanese School to take the overall title. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) has hosted the robotics competition for high school students since 2005; there were 21 teams who competed in Botball 2018.

As the first place team, the Qatar Academy students won a trip to Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in Pittsburgh, where they will visit the world-renowned School of Computer Science.

Michael Trick, dean of CMU-Q, commented: “Botball encourages high school students to solve problems using computational language, which is at the heart of all computer science. I am delighted that these talented young people can explore the opportunities that Carnegie Mellon has to offer in computer science.”

The winning team will visit Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center, as well as the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy and the Google offices that specialize in computer systems, networking, machine learning, computer vision, and route planning.

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (SCS) is a world leader in computer science education and research. The Carnegie Mellon campus in Qatar offers two undergraduate SCS programs: the bachelor of science in computer science and the bachelor of science in computational biology.

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Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration.

In 2004, Carnegie Mellon and Qatar Foundation began a partnership to deliver select programs that will contribute to the long-term development of Qatar. Today, Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science, and information systems. Nearly 400 students from 38 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home.

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