Thursday, June 18, 2015

UBA Meron students win first place in national Robotics competition

Four seventh grade girls from Ulpanat Bnei Akiva Meron took first place in a national Robotics competition the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Space and Technology. The four are Tikva Weiner, Hadar Sofer, Shirel Cohen and Niria Zinner.

UBA Meron Robotics Team receiving prize
from Minister Danny Danon
Over 300 junior high school students from over 100 schools participated in the annual nationwide competition. This year's challenge was particularly difficult. the teams of students had to program three different robots to fulfill three distinct roles and interact with each other. One robot was a car, another a pedestrian and the third a stoplight. The students had to program the robots so that the car moving along a road would stop at the red stop light or when approaching the pedestrian, and start again when the light turned green or the pedestrian had passed. The team succeeding in the shortest time was the winner.

Science, Space and Technology Minister Danny Danon, was very pleased that the competition was won by a group of girls. "One of the main goals I set for myself upon entering the ministry was to significantly increase the number of girls studying the physical sciences at the junior high and high school level," he said. In congratulating the winners, the minister stressed the importance of such competitions in sparking the imagination and creativity of young students, as Robotics promises to be the dominant field of research and economic growth for the future.

UBA Meron was established in 1975 a short distance from the YBA Bar Yochai yeshiva high school for boys, at Moshav Meron in the Upper Galilee, where the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai is located. The ulpana serves over 300 girls, mostly from towns and agricultural settlements in northern Israel. The ruins of the ancient town of Meron, mentioned in the Book of Joshua, are located just above the moshav on the southern slope of Mount Meron,

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