Posted on March 17, 2020

Qatar University’s (QU) Al-Bairaq program was honored at the closing ceremony of QSTEAM Competition 2020 organized by The Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Al-Bairaq program was chosen before to be one of the organization and judging panels of the competition due to its vast experience in organizing and coordinating workshops and scientific activities based on the STEAM approach in education. In addition to its experience in judging national and international competitions. During the ceremony, Al-Bairaq was honored with a trophy of appreciation. This was due to its distinguishable efforts during all the stages of the competition. Al-Bairaq program has composed and conducted scientific training workshops for 140 students from 35 different schools. The Schools varied between 17 preparatory schools and 18 primary school.

The workshops provided the students with the basics of engineering design process for STEAM projects and professional ways to implement them, in addition to enhancement of the student’s personal skills. Al-Bairaq also had an active role in assisting the students during implementation of their projects. Equipment and laboratories of QU were provided for the students under the supervision of specialized professors, expert engineers, and technicians. Also Al-Bairaq judged the students projects and their presentations, which reflected their efforts and the skills gained during the competition.

The winners of the primary and preparatory stages were announced at the finale. The first place winner from preparatory stage was Qatar for Science and Technology School for boys, which was offered a training workshop by Al-Bairaq program. Al-Bairaq also supervised the implementation of several projects, including Barzan Preparatory School for Girls project, which won the fifth place for the preparatory stage. During the ceremony, Moza Almodahka, President of the Educational Guidance Department at The Ministry of Education said, “I thank Al-Bairaq and other partners for their obvious impact through which we discovered the unique skills of students, as students are highly affected by their mentors and teachers”

Dr. Nora Jabr Al Thani, President of Al Bairaq Program and Head of Communication and Outreach at QU stated, ” Our participation in this competition came from our plan and vision in supporting creative thinking and innovation for students of Qatar and advancing their educational level to complete the educational framework to achieve the Qatar 2030 vision”. She added, “We are glad to be part of this outstanding event in which the achievements of the students were honored. We also congratulate all the winners and wish them more progress and scientific excellence that serves Qatar to reach the highest levels of innovation in the world”.