An eight-member team from Bangladesh is going to participate in the 20th International Robot Olympiad (IRO), to be held in the Philippines, from December 15-19. This is the first time Bangladesh will be represented at the IRO.
The team members are: Rafihath Saleh Chowdhury of Jalalabad Cantonment English School, Sylhet; Nasheetat Zainah Rahman of Sunbeams School, Dhaka; Zahra Mahzareen Purbali of The Aga Khan School, Dhaka; Mehr Mahmud of Maple Leaf International School, Dhaka; Quazi Mostahid Labib and Tafsir Tahrim of Chittagong Grammar School, Dhaka; Khairul Islam of Lalbag Government Model School and College, Dhaka; and Sunny Jubayer of Dhaka College.
On the occasion, Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) and the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering of University of Dhaka organised a press conference at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in the capital.
The team's mentor, Redwan Ferdous, said students from at least nine countries – including South Korea, China, and Egypt – will participate in this year's Olympiad, where they will have to make robots on the spot, based on the theme “Save the Seas”.
“We selected the eight students through a national-level competition and then groomed them. As it is our first time participating, we hope to do something good there [Olympiad],” Ferdous said at the programme.
Chairperson of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering Dr. Lafifa Jamal; BdOSN General Secretary Munir Hasan; and Janata Bank Limited Deputy General Manager Mofizul Islam, among others, also spoke at the press conference.
In the last few years, Bangladeshi students have been participating in similar global competitions – including math, physics and biology Olympiad – earning accolades for the country.
Earlier this year, Bangladesh won a gold medal at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2018) for the first time.