Qatar Academy wins Botball 2019
Qatar Academy wins Botball 2019

Qatar Academy wins 15th edition of Botball at CMU-Q

More than 200 students compete in Carnegie Mellon’s high school robotics tournament

DOHA, QATAR: A team from Qatar Academy won the overall title at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q)’s annual Botball competition for high school students. The competition, which was launched by CMU-Q in 2005, brought together 15teams to program a robot through a complex game board.

Botball participants receive their robot and their mission at a workshop eight weeks before the final event so they can learn to program the robot and plan a strategy for the final competition.

Qatar Academy narrowly edged out the LebaneseSchool of Qatar to secure first place. English Modern School took third place for the overall competition.

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (SCS) is a world leader in computer science education and research. The Carnegie Mellon campus in Qatar offers two undergraduate SCS programs: the bachelor of science in computer science and the bachelor of science in computational biology.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar also offers degree programs in biological sciences, business administration and information systems.


2018 Qatar Botball® Tournament results


The Overall winners for Botball® are determined by Double Elimination rank, Seeding Round scores and Online and Onsite Documentation scores.

  1. Qatar Academy School
  2. Lebanese School of Qatar
  3. English Modern School
  4. Doha College
  5. Doha Secondary School for Boys


Double Elimination

Robots from two different teams compete on the game board simultaneously in an effort to score as many points as possible, but also to keep their opponent from scoring. Double Elimination placement makes up about one-third of the overall Botball® score.

  1. Lebanese School of Qatar
  2. Qatar Academy
  3. ACS Doha International School
  4. English Modern School



In the Seeding Rounds, teams run their robots unopposed and attempt to score the most points possible. Seeding round scores determine initial placement in the Double Elimination bracket and account for about one-third of each team’s overall score.

  1. Qatar Academy School
  2. Lebanese School of Qatar
  3. Doha Secondary School for Boys
  4. English Modern School


Outstanding Documentation

Botball® teams are required to complete documentation covering their work on their competition robots. Documentation scores determine about one-third of each team’s overall score.

  • Doha College


Judges’ Choice Trophies

Throughout the tournament, the judges select teams to be singled out for Judges’ Choice trophies for excellence in a variety of categories.

  • Overall Judges’ Choice: Lebanese school of Qatar
  • Spirit of Botball: English Modern School
  • Keep It Simple Award: ACS Doha International School


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