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Kadoorie High School

Professor Moshe Shoham (third from right) presents the prize to Kadoorie Technology teacher Alex Shifrin (second from right) and the team.

Just one year after receiving a new electronics laboratory from ORT’s Kadima Mada (Science Journey) program, the Kadoorie High School in the Lower Galilee has won the design category at the International Robo Traffic Robotics Competition at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

“This is proof that Kadima Mada’s science and technology programs make our students excellent contestants for such contests,” noted Alan E. Klugman, ORT America’s National Executive Director, whose donors sustain Kadima Mada. “Participating in competitions also enhances students’ learning experiences by allowing them to work together while introducing them to university-level studies."

Teams compete in four categories: careful driving, racing, better robotic car design, and a special traffic regulations test. The cars must follow a track and comply with traffic signals, with time penalties added for any crashes or misdemeanors.

The four-member team fended off competition from 18 other high schools, including the Moscow ORT Gymnasium and Kadima Mada-supported Misgav High School, to win the prize for their level of knowledge and capacity for innovation.

In light of this championship, the Technion's Leumi Robotics Center is eager to have more ORT schools around the world compete in their competitions, which apply students' robotics skills to the daunting problem of road safety.

At the Technion, Professor Shoham, who is Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Robotics Laboratory, said RoboTraffic helps to improve students' awareness of a dangerous worldwide problem.

Young drivers are disproportionately involved in fatal accidents despite all the efforts directed at them, and at schoolchildren, to improve the situation," he said. "That is the motivation behind our creation of the RoboTraffic competition, whose main challenge is to build a car-like robot which can solve real-life traffic tasks."

Robots are widely used in science laboratories and hospitals, on factory production lines, in warehouse automation and for entertainment; they undertake hazardous, heavy, delicate and dirty work safely and efficiently. And in Israel they are increasingly important for defense - one-third of the country's military machines are expected to be unmanned within 15 years.

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