SHARJAH, More than 120 students from across the UAE vied for top honours at the AUS-du School Computing Competition, AdSCC, held at the American University of Sharjah, AUS, on Sunday.

Organised by the College of Engineering, CEN, along with the University's Office of Enrolment Management, OEM, the competition saw students from 14 schools compete in five different categories.

Sponsored by du, the competition was an initiative by the AUS Sharakah Programme to promote computer science and engineering and pave the way for students to excel in advanced sciences and technology.

Speaking about the event, Dr. Fadi Aloul, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said, "It was a pleasure to see the enthusiasm and keen interest with which all the students participated in the competition. It has always been our aim at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to engage and instill a sense of curiosity among young students and show them the wonders of innovation and technology and how it impacts their lives. Competitions such as this help develop their interest in computer science and prepare them for pursuing this subject at the university level."

A large audience comprising students, faculty members, and school officials attended the event and supported their teams, which were competing for top prizes in the Poster Contest (for grades 4-6), Presentation Contest (for grades 7-9), Computer Programming (for grades 10-12), Mobile App Development, and Web Development.

The successful competition was another reflection of the emphasis AUS places on its engagement with the community and its commitment to inculcating interest and providing the best STEM subject offerings for students in the region.

After an exciting competition, the following schools won the top slots in their respective categories. The Sharjah American International School, Sharjah, won the Poster Contest with their "Pros and cons of mobile phones for kids." The Al Mawakeb School, Al-Barsha, Dubai, won the Presentation Contest. The Smart Kitchen System, S.K.S Team, Al Shola Private School, Sharjah, won in the Mobile Apps category (grade 10-12). The school also won in the Web Development category (grade 10-12). The Dubai International School � Boys Al Quoz, Dubai, won in the Programming category (grade 10-12).

Source: Emirates News Agency