The deaf and hard of hearing kids won the cups in the robot competition and represent Egypt in an International competition for robots.
At the end of the local competition for robot and scientific research (First LEGO League – Egypt) loud applause was heard in the Alexandria Center for Innovation after announcing (Falcon Eye) team, The deaf and hard of hearing team, to be the winner as first place all over Egypt.
The final included 15 teams. This success was under the supervision of ASDAA’ Association for Serving the Hearing Impaired and the Arab Academy for Science and Technology.
Notably, ASDAA’ Association participated with two teams of the deaf and hard hearing kids in this competition under technical support of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) represented in the Regional Center for Information (RIC) sponsored by (Lafarge for cement) which provided the two teams financially support to cause their success. This full distinguished technical support is from the Arab Academy in charge of training and educational preparation of the teams.
These two teams are the only deaf participants in this competition in Egypt, Arab area and in the international level for the third time. It’s the first time that this team of the deaf to participate in the (FLL-World Festival) that will be held between April 15th to 17th 2010 in Atlanta, USA.
This team will participate, sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, IEEE Egypt and Arab Academy for Science and Technology In the last few years this team of the deaf made many achievements under the supervision of the Academy and ASDAA’ Association to represent Egypt in the Open Asian Championship FLL in Tokyo in April 2008 under auspices of the Minster of Education. They also participated in FLL-Arabia competition in Jordon in March 2009 sponsored by Egypt Air. They were honored for their honorable performance and their winning of many prizes and medals.
Besides winning the first place in the national competition of Egypt 2010, they got the prize of the best design of a robot. They were distinguished in their usage of the Sign Language which every one admired.
The achievement of the Falcon Eye team of deaf kids was,
- The cup of the first place in Alexandria round among (22) teams on February 17th to 18th 2010
- The cup of the best design of a robot in Alexandria competition
The finals of the republic from March 5th to 6th 2010, among 15 teams, the Falcon Eye team of deaf kids won with the following,
- The cup of the first place and representing Egypt in the International competition of robot in the USA.
- The cup of the best design of a robot. In the scientific research the (Falcon Eye) team showed the problem that their parents, teachers and those who live with them; don’t know Sign Language.
They presented a solution of (Smart Sign Language Interpreter) which translate the Sign Language into Arabic Language. The shape of hands and their position towards the body, the positions of the fingers and the movement of the hands were the elements for understanding the Sign Language vocabularies.
The project was creative and distinguished. Through this competition the team of the deaf was able to integrate themselves with the society, they had put their motto on the chests of all the participants in the competition and the judges to assure to Egypt and the world that this motto is a grater on the chest of every Egyptian and to change the vision of the society to the deaf from pity and inferiority to admiration and respect.
Samy Saeed the founder of ASDAA’ Association assured that this success was as a result of the cooperation between the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Asdaa’ Association also for the full coordination among the trainers, the supervisors and the members of the team. ASDAA’ Association for Serving the Hearing Impaired vowed to develop the deaf society in all fields and to become their real home (home of the family and to give examples for true help and sincerity towards deaf community.
ASDAA’ was established in 2000. It has given the chance to the deaf to get scholarship for study in the USA (Ohlone College – California) through the Fulbright Association, and other scholarship to get the ICDL in English. Besides the support of the Association to the deaf community to participate in the Information competitions organized by the Regional Center for Information (RIC) in the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) such as the Egyptian Olympic for Information, Hunter and Hunted Robot competition and many other programs to help the deaf to go on with the present age and to reach the required standard for the job market to be successful.
Source: Asdaa’ Association for Serving the Hearing Impaired, Egypt