Over 200 UAE National students today began their first week of the 15th edition of the Tech Quest program, taking place from December 21st– 31st, at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi and UAE University in Al Ain.
The program offers exciting hands-on workshops and talks with industry speakers that aim to motivate middle and high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (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 program 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,” she added.
A Mubadala initiative, including curriculum by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, this year’s program 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, 1055 students have participated in Tech Quest. 74 per cent of the UAE National participants say they are interested in perusing a STEM degree after experiencing the program.