High school students participate in Texas A&M’s Qatar Future Engineers event
Doha: More than 30 high school students participated in the Future Engineers program organized by Texas A&M University in Qatar, a partner university of the Qatar Foundation.
Future Engineers introduced students to elements of engineering in freight transportation, fundamentals of robotics, 3D CAD design, and basic programming. Participants spent an immersive week designing and building a focused engineering project based on this year’s theme: robotics and
transportation. Throughout the program, students learned about mechanical design, radio-controlled systems, and taking experimental measurements.
Benjamin Cieslinski, STEM Lab Manager at Texas A&M in Qatar, said, “The Future Engineers program encourages students to think outside the box and build robots from scratch. Our participants had to assess the gaps in the freight transportation industry and then fill them with their new creations. The workshop also shows how engineering is not just about building something, but about addressing real-world concerns. During our summer programs at Texas A&M in Qatar, we want to show students that engineering can be fun too, while creating solutions to the challenges we face, not just in Qatar, but globally. world.
At the end of the program, students competed in teams to design, build a program, and test an advanced robot capable of transporting cargo between different shipping locations. Using state-of-the-art engineering components and materials, participants were able to build a robot to carry out the assigned mission. They also presented and defended their designs in front of a panel of robotics experts.
Dawud Baker Markar, a student from Gulf English School said, “I am happy to have participated in the Future Engineers program organized by Texas A&M in Qatar. We learned how to convert a few metal parts and nuts and bolts into a working robot. And seeing them come together has been very exciting and educational. This workshop was a lot of fun and we also learned a lot about engineering. »
The Future Engineers program aims to encourage young people and increase their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).