Over 181 UAE National Students Participated in TECH QUEST December program

WAM Abu Dhabi , 19 December, 2012 (WAM)– More than 181 UAE national students from public and private schools in grades 10 – 12 across the emirates, are participating the TECH QUEST December program this year, the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) said in a statement.

This week, 84 qualified students in Abu Dhabi and 97 students in Al Ain were challenged to explore STEM concepts in a fun and engaging manner within a nurturing environment.

Mubadala Aerospace and Emirates Aluminum are sponsoring the 2nd TECH QUEST December program for the first time from December 16 – 27.

The 10 day program is based on a tailored STEM curriculum built to create science and technology pioneers for tomorrow and teach these UAE national students to work in teams to develop their soft-skills and challenge them to solve specific science problems.

The platform allows young students to learn and apply their knowledge in science, engineering, math and computer programming to build solar-powered cars, assemble and program robots, construct projectile launchers, design structures out of aluminum and learn valuable science knowledge from industry leaders.

In partnership with Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group (ADUKG), over 12 teachers were recruited and trained by ADUKG to run most of the workshops within the TECH QUEST program.

“Throughout the next 10 days, we will see students learn from industry experts such as Mubadala Aerospace and Emirates Aluminum, learn about the importance of STEM education and participate in field trips to STRATA and UAE University,” ATIC added.

The highly successful first edition of TECH QUEST was held ast spring, which offered over 80 students from grades 7 to 9 the opportunity to design and build robots, rockets and rollercoasters, while meeting and learning from industry-leading professionals such as Yahoo and Masdar.

TECH QUEST, coupled with other ATIC youth programs such as Summer of Semiconductors, SEMI High Tech U and the Future Scientist have collectively reached over 330 UAE nationals.

The 2nd program is taking place at Abu Dhabi University Campus, Khalifa City B in Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group Campus, Felj Hazzaa in Al Ain.

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