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GUC hosts “Minesweepers” Competition Winning Second Place

Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by , , and in News


Photo for The Insider (GUC) by Shaheer Shaheen

On the 6th and 7th of November, the two clubs IEEE and RoboClub held a competition under the name “Minesweepers” at the GUC solar plant.

A team of eight 25-  engineering students and one 19- student, participating from the GUC, won second place in the competition. The first prize – 1000 USD – was awarded to ‘اعمار’ team, a group of graduates from Ain Shams University.

Minesweepers is a competition in which students are required to design robots -known as Minesweepers- that detect explosive mines. The competition started with 17 teams, of which only 8  qualified for the final round.

“We actually joined the competition to do some practical work and to learn some new stuff, as 25- students, most of our study is theoretical so we wanted to have some experience in practical work,” said Mostafa Nabil, a member of the GUC team when asked about his motivation to join such a competition.

“I like the idea of encouraging students to use their knowledge in something that can benefit our country in addition to encouraging them to learn more and have more experience,” he added.

Mostafa’s team was also featured in an interview on “Rotana Masriya”, on the “Ezz El Shabab” program last Saturday.

The two day event served as a platform for teams from universities  from all over Egypt to compete with their minesweeping robots against one another. This is the second year GUC hosts this competition; it was judged by graduates and seniors from GUC and multiple universities.

The organizing committee for the competition included Dr. Alaa Khamis, creator and coordinator of the Minesweeper competition and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Egypt Chapter Chair, as well as Dr. Hisham El-Sherif Head of Industrial Automation Department at GUC and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Egypt Chapter Vice Chair.

In addition to the University level competition, there was also a competition for school level students. That one started with 6 teams of which only 2 continued to the finals. The first prize of 300 USD was awarded to the ‘Mind Dragon’ team from Creato Kids Institute.

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