Lebanon will witness its first international robotics championship in June at the FIRST LEGO League Open International 2019. Teams from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have qualified to take part in the international event.
This major youth-centered innovation event is part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO Education collaboration, which started in 1997, and has since grown to become one of the most widespread robotics events on the globe.
More than 34,000 teams from 100 countries across the globe have been working in their local competitions to qualify for this event in Lebanon, and out of the 34,000, only 74 teams from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America will be representing their nations on the global stage.
"This event brings the East and West to a central location in the world to bridge the gap between nations and to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, something we have been looking forward to do since we started " ETC Founder, Ghazi Mtaweh said when asked about the importance of the event to Lebanon. “We want the students to create the best memories, and we want our values to be reflected through them. Innovation has been central to our success in this region, and our collaboration with ETC is key in adding to our values locally and globally with the FIRST LEGO League Open 2019 being organized on our premises at Byblos” added Dr. Raymond Ghajjar, Dean of the School of Engineering at LAU on his welcoming note during the National Education Robotics Day; a local youth centered innovation initiative that ETC and LAU are collaborating on.