Sixty students (30 boys, 30 girls) from primary schools in Doha participated in the Future Scientists Academy organized by Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development (QU-NCED) on April 13-17.
The project, which is funded by ExxonMobil, is an active learning initiative designed to expand young students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and encourage them to pursue careers in those fields.
Participating schools were Omar Bin Al Qhatab, Abu-Bakir Al Sadeeq, Umm Maibad, Moza Bint Mohmed, Al Ahnaf Bin Qais, and Al Bayaan Complex.
Over five days, the students engaged in parallel activities such as using forensic science to solve a “murder,” creating a computer animation, firing rockets, and solving mathematical puzzles and challenges. Under the supervision of College of Education (CED) professor Dr Nancy Allen, the students had the opportunity to hear presentations from professionals in science fields and participate in activities planned by NCED staff members. They also visited Exxon-Mobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) to learn about the center’s work and programs.
Commenting on the project, CED Dean Dr Hissa Sadiq said: “This is our commitment to nurturing young students’ dreams and ambitions by strengthening their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and orienting them on the wide range of careers they can pursue in these fields. These young talented students are the future of this country and we see it as our role to inspire them and unlock their potential. It was a joy to have them on campus with their bright minds and enthusiasm. They inspired us, as we hoped to inspire them. We are looking at expanding the program in the near future to provide this opportunity to more students”.