2012 Open Arab Robotics Championship (OARC)
March 9–12, 2012
The School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Outreach and Civic Engagement Unit, will be hosting the 5th Open Arab Robotics Championship (OARC) at LAU Byblos.
The OARC is considered to be one of the most important contests held in the Arab world in educational robotics. It aims to motivate Arab youth between the ages of 12-16 interested in technology and science to get involved and manifest their capabilities.
Each year the contest focuses on a real-life topic related to science and each branch within the competition then revolves around that theme. The robotics part of the competition involves designing and programming LEGO Robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
Organizers of OARC 2012 expect the participation of 500 to 700 high school students from all over the Arab world.