Posted on May 14, 2018

Qatar University (QU) Al-Bairaq program recently held two judgment ceremonies for male and female students’ projects of the 4th cycle of primary stage and 3rd cycle of preparatory stage in “I am Discovering Materials” track.

The ceremonies engaged a total of 414 students from 19 schools. They were attended by a large number of judges from governmental institutions and from oil and gas companies. 107 projects were proposed. The students used the information and techniques they gained during their exciting journey with Al-Bairaq team to propose creative and effective solutions to solve various problems that face the society.

Al-Bairaq team worked with male and female students for about 3 months to create a positive environment and motivate and train them to search and ask the right questions to gain the needed information. The team organized many workshops at schools’ laboratories about topics on material sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) such as composite materials, food packaging, and others. Those subjects were carefully chosen to encourage students to think, search and find useful solutions and inventions for problems that the country faces.

Al-Bairaq Manager Dr. Noora Al-Thani praised the work that has been accomplished by Al-Bairaq students and team members. She said: “Al-Bairaq will continue to encourage students to participate in research so they will be able to use their knowledge to assure a promising future for Qatar. There is a future plan to develop Al-Bairaq to commensurate with the country’s development, and we will include grade 3 and 4 in the coming cycles. I hope that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education will adopt Al-Bairaq’s curriculum and use it in schools across Qatar.”

The winning groups from each school were honored as well as the most cooperating teachers with Al-Bairaq team.