Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), in collaboration with Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), launched a new STEM Hub facility this week to promote creative applications of engineering and science. The opening ceremony, which was held at TAMUQ, was attended by various officials from Qatar Foundation (QF) and government agencies.
Through their collaboration, QNRF and TAMUQ will combine their resources and insights to advance the development of initiatives and academic enrichment programmes that drive interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines among school children in Qatar.
The STEM Hub has been developed to instil and develop STEM skills as a national priority. As one of the first education programmes of its kind to advance STEM education for students of all ages in Qatar, its aim is to equip the next generation of researchers, scientists, and engineers with the tools to address Qatar’s Research Grand Challenges, which include water security, energy security, cyber security, and healthcare.
Featuring cutting-edge technology and specialised learning modules, the laboratory is designed to help students learn STEM skills in a more creative manner, and offers unique professional development opportunities for teachers. It is also a platform for K-12 students to build and exchange scientific ideas, and learn about funding opportunities offered by QNRF throughout their education, and into the early stages of their careers.
According to QNRF Executive Director Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie, the future success of Qatar lies in the hands of the country’s education system and on students emerging with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. He said that a strong STEM foundation will create the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators who can sustain our economy.
TAMUQ Dean Dr César O Malavé, meanwhile, said that as engineering educators, they feel privileged to help young people understand how they can be part of exciting engineering and science advances that impact the world.
Students will receive special mentoring from researchers and faculty members, with hands-on-learning experience and strengthening of inventive and innovative thinking skills. The STEM Hub resources are supplemented by central laboratories and workshops at TAMUQ, equipped with advanced scientific research equipment.
Students from different schools in Qatar displayed prototypes of their engineering design projects during the opening ceremony of the STEM Hub.
For updates and more information about the new QF STEM Hub, visit the TAMUQ website, at qatar.tamu.edu.