Doha College took part in the Siemens Science Competition, held as part of Qatar Germany Year of Culture 2017 and organised in partnership with Qatar Museums, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Doha, the Goethe-Institut and Siemens Qatar.  They were one of the three schools chosen to participate in the STEM-focused challenge. 

Selected students from the Tunisian School of Doha, The German International School and Doha College competed to build three electrical and mechanical experiments that expressed the technological and engineering spirit of Germany. Built and designed by Siemens, the kits offered fantastic opportunities to demonstrate teamwork, scientific concepts, basic mechanical and engineering skills. Each experiment chosen for the competition used a different energy source to deliver a particular outcome.

Experiment one used a solar cell as power source, and was designed to show that solar power is sufficient to light up an LED bulb, but does not generate enough power to operate more demanding appliances like motors.

Water energy was harnessed in experiment two. Students built a water wheel from the construction kit components and used water to generate the power needed to drive a hammer.  Hammer mills were traditionally used in Germany to process iron ore and many German towns still have hammer in their names as reminder of those traditional extraction methods.

The final experiment used wind energy. Students had to follow the instructions carefully to build a mini wind turbine and then use a voltmeter to measure the energy output. In this indoor challenge, mini hairdryers provided the necessary wind!

After each experiment, the students had to answer questions based on the test and apply their knowledge to solve problems.  Siemens Qatar CEO Adrian Wood explained that the science competition allowed them to share their passion for engineering and innovation with the next generation, especially now since the Qatar Germany Year of Culture is celebrated this year. The scores throughout the competition were very close, with the team from Doha College winning first place with 18 points and the German school in second place with 16 points.

Ian McKenna, a Physics teacher at Doha College who supervised the event said that the event has been a fantastic opportunity for young learners to develop their ideas surrounding energy resources and electricity generation.

The resources that were provided by Siemens made some challenging concepts accessible to all of the students involved; resulting in very valuable hands-on learning experience. We are delighted to host the Tunisian School of Doha and the German International School at our West Bay campus and to encourage students to compete in scientific challenges – it’s a great way to learn by doing.’