The 4th national robotic competition of the LEGO League in Casablanca that ended Saturday offered a glimpse into the potential of Moroccan youth in the field of space science and robotic engineering.
Rabat – The competition, named “Into Orbit” this year, did not only focus on space science and robotic engineering but also on teaching participants the value of teamwork to qualify for international robotic contests.
Nearly 500 Moroccan students aged 6 to 16 from different cities in the country participated, making up 44 teams, each made of 2 to 10 students who competed to win one of LEGO League’s six categories.
The competition’s jury of local experts honored 11 teams as winners in various categories.
In the “project” category, the teams called “Apollo” and “Flexius” won first and second place; the “Galaxy Pioneers” and “FBF” won the “solutions” category; and “Space X” and “Astronauts” won the “best performance” category.
Team “Winners” won “best programming”; “Galactic Warriors” won “best strategy”; “Steamlab” won “inspiration and creativity”; “Space Techno” won “best teamwork”; and “Smartbolt” won “best design.”
The students were highly encouraged by their families who were also present at the competition. On the sidelines of the event, a small LEGO competition, “First LEGO League Jr,” was dedicated to children aged 6 to 8 and focused on life in the moon.
The competition was organized by Loop Technology in partnership with Play Academy, an education center in Casablanca.
Young Moroccan students have also competed internationally in robotics.
Last November, for the first time a Moroccan delegation of 4 teams aged 7 to 17 represented their country at the final phase of the World Robot Olympiad, a robotics competition in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The teams had won a qualification phase on June 9, in Casablanca, attended by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.