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Maldives team places second at ‘robotic Olympics’

The teenagers competed against teams from around the world.



Maldivian students have won second spot in an international robotics competition in Mexico.

The trio competed against teams from 175 countries in the FIRST Global Challenge.

The Maldives’ robot was made by teenagers Yameen Ushau from Majeedhiyya School, Ridha Anees of Jamaaludhin School and Hassan Nasih from the Center for Higher Secondary Education.

Their creation, Rani Kanbaa (queen lady), is remote-controlled and can carry objects. It was built in two months with equipment provided by the tournament organisers.

The team scored 14 points and placed second along with Singapore, Mexico, South Africa, Georgia, Czech Republic and Mozambique.

Teams from the US and Romania shared first place.

FIRST Global is a non-profit organization that promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers for youths.