The students of Al Amal School for the Deaf and Sharjah Autism Centre, which are affiliates of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), are ready to participate in the National Robotics Challenge, which Abu Dhabi is hosting in the last week of January with wide participation from public and private schools.
Students with disabilities have been committed to the training program, which SCHS organized a month ago and would last until the beginning of the competition. SCHS is organizing this program in collaboration with Ministry of Education. The program aims at developing students’ skills and capabilities according to the best practices worldwide.
Mrs. Afaf Al-Haridi, Director of Al-Amal School for the Deaf, has praised students outstanding performance in training and their great care to learn each and every detail in order to gain the knowledge necessary to win the competition and use this knowledge in every area of life not only in robotics field.
Al-Haridi has confirmed that SCHS divided students with disabilities into three teams. They are (Robocap, Vieux IQ, and Minecraft). Three trainers from Ministry of Education, teachers from schools, and sign language interpreters have been supervising student’s training.
She pointed out SCHS great care to educate, train, include, advocate, and empower its students with disabilities. SCHS also seeks to increase their self-confidence and integrate them into society. Furthermore, SCHS strives to consolidate the relationships of cooperation with local, regional, and international bodies and institutions.
For his part, Mohammed Walid Al-Shamali, a Special Education Teacher at Sharjah Autism Center, has confirmed that the project, which students have been training to present in the competition is environment friendly. A robot of (Fischertechnik models) would embody a charging station for electric cars using solar energy. This station consists of all basic sections.
Al-Shamali has pointed out that the main goal of taking part in this competition is not only the scientific side; it also has social skills that contribute to increase students’ self-confidence and integration into society. In addition, they will improve their personalities through training, which leads to a better future for them.