ABU DHABI: Over 200 UAE national students today began their first week of the 15th edition of the Tech Quest programme at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi and UAE University in Al Ain.
The programme, powered by the Mubadala Development Company, offers exciting hands-on workshops and talks with industry speakers aimed at motivating middle and high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education.
“Tech Quest is an exciting opportunity for students to explore Abu Dhabi’s key emerging industries through engaging workshops and hands-on activities,” said Hanan Harhara, Head of Learning and Development at Mubadala. “The programme pushes students to think critically and solve what are really quite complex scientific and engineering problems, building participants’ confidence in their abilities and passion for STEM education. We believe the inspiration that occurs in the coming weeks will help seed the interest of our future workforce.” A Mubadala initiative, including curriculum by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation, this year’s programme incorporates robotics, aerospace, medical mechatronics and semiconductor technology. After a four-day education phase, students are presented with a series of real-world challenges and encouraged to work as a team to find viable solutions.
Challenges include designing meaningful applications for wearable electronics, and building a landing port for delivery drones that may one day support a new freight infrastructure.
To date, 1,055 students have participated in Tech Quest. 74 percent of the UAE national participants say they are interested in perusing a STEM degree after experiencing the programme.