I recently learned about the robot competition Minesweepers – Towards a Landmine-Free World, which was initiated in 2012 by the Egypt Chapter of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The first of the yearly competitions was held in Cairo. There are three categories: Academia, Junior, and Industry with different degrees of difficulty.
One of the initiators of the competition, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, is currently pursuing a survey among roboticists on the educational value of robot competitions. As he explains, „the aim of this study is to better understand the effect of robotics competitions on participants, teachers and organizers“. Please have a look and take a few minutes to answer his questions.