Ceremony celebrates over 100 teachers for completing GO ROBOT training and development programme
Over 100 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from schools across Qatar were celebrated at an awards ceremony held at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q). The ceremony recognized the efforts of teachers from around the country after completing 30 hours of intensive training and instruction in the use of robotics programming for classroom settings. Each of the teachers had successfully participated in 10 three-hour training sessions delivered at CNA-Q as part of Maersk Oil Qatar’s Skills in School GO ROBOT programme.
The study and use of robotics kits by high school students has been shown to improve problem solving and creativity as well as team working skills in students. The positive impact of robotics programming in supporting the delivery of STEM subjects has also been recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education which has backed its use as an effective and engaging way to teach technical and engineering skills to students. Robotics has been included in curricula at Independent Schools in Qatar, with students now required to participate in one hour of robotics programming instruction each week.Commenting on the awards ceremony, Dr. Fawzi Al-Ajji, Education Relations Manager at Maersk Oil Qatar, said: “The Skills in Schools GO ROBOT programme clearly demonstrates how robotics can help students develop the skills that will set them on a pathway to success as well as enabling Qatar to fulfil its promise in delivering its National Vision 2030. The programme is the ideal example of what can be achieved by balancing support for teachers’ professional development with efforts to boost students’ enthusiasm for these critically important subjects. We’re proud to be a part of its success and to support the continued efforts of the country’s talented and committed teachers and educators.”Dr. Theodore Chiasson, Dean of the School of Information Technology at CNA-Q said: “We are delighted that we’re able to celebrate the commitment and success of so many teachers. Our programme of training and professional development has grown considerably in the five years that we’ve been running it and it is great to witness the progress of those educators who have completed it. Together they play an important role in building the enthusiasm and engagement of their students with STEM subjects, encouraging more students to pursue STEM careers and develop the vital technical skills that the country depends on for the delivery of the ambitious Qatar National Vision 2030.”
The training in robotics programming is one of the core elements of the Skills in Schools robotics programme, GO ROBOT, which was established in 2012 by Maersk Oil Qatar in partnership with CNA-Q. Sponsorship of the programme reflects Maersk Oil Qatar’s sustained efforts to encourage greater participation in STEM subjects in Qatar.
The Skills in Schools GO ROBOT programme reaches more than 10,000 students and 1,000 teachers in Qatar each year. In addition, more than 1200 robotics kits have been distributed for free to over 250 schools across the country as part of the development programme.As one of the largest private sector supporters of STEM skills in Qatar, Maersk Oil Qatar has played a vital role in driving the development of a number of programmes in the past few years. As well as supporting teacher professional development, it is anticipated that the training programme will also encourage ever wider participation in the already popular Qatar National Robot Olympiad which will take place in October of this year. This competition challenges teams of students from Qatar to put their skills to the test in building robots capable of solving a variety of gaming challenges. In addition to GO ROBOT, Maersk Oil Qatar is the leading partner with other post-secondary institutions, such as Texas A&M University Qatar, to help develop future generations of engineers through an extensive portfolio of STEM development and outreach programmes. Maersk Oil Qatar also supports Qatar University’s Al Bairaq programme, a non-traditional educational programme in which students at Qatari high schools work in teams with university-level scientists on practical scientific problems. Maersk Oil Qatar has shaped the focus of each of these programmes around delivering to three key objectives. The first is to increase the capacity and capability of teachers and educators through enhancing and accelerating their professional development. The second is to increase enthusiasm and engagement with STEM subjects amongst students themselves from primary to high school and beyond. The third objective is to improve STEM learning outcomes through the use of technology within and outside the classroom in order to create Qatar’s next generation of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.
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