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Israeli students win second prize at robotics competition in Shanghai

Israel has a bright future in robotics: a team of Jewish students from the Binyamina high school in the Haifa District has won an honourable second place at an international robotics contest in Shanghai. The second prize in a competition where teams from other leading teams across the globe have participated promotes Israel among the world’s leading powers in tech.

“It was a great honor for us to participate in this event. We see our participation and win as a big step towards promoting the field of robotics in China, and placing Israel as one of the world’s leading powers in technology,” said Segev Huly, one of the students on the Israeli team.

The 29 Israeli students built robots which successfully completed various tasks, among them keeping balance on a beam or scoring goals. They also won an “Inspiration Award” at the  Science and Technology Robotics Competition. It’s not the first participation to such contests for the Jewish students from Binyamina’s high school: they took part in competitions organised under the umbrella of the FRC since 2005, and they won awards each year.

“There’s no better proof than that to the talents and skills of our students, which places them and our schools among the best technology schools in the world,” said Zvi Peleg, director general of the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent the students a letter, commending them for their efforts.  57 teams from Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and China participated at the competition in Shanghai.

160825_robotsOn another level, Israeli military have already employed fully-automated, self-driving vehicles to patrol the border of the Gaza Strip. The announce came on Wednesday and was made by an Israeli Defence Force spokesperson while talking to Japanese reporters.

This makes Israel the first country in the world to employ military robots, and although the autonomous vehicles patrolling the border are unarmed at the moment, that will change in the near future, added the official.

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