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Posted On: 23 June 2011 10:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Summer camp for young ‘scientists’

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Schoolchildren will get an opportunity to avail of the facilities at the Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) at a nearly two-month long “Future Scientist Summer Camp” starting on June 26. The edutainment exercise, being held in association with Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) consists of several inter-active sessions, which according to the organisers, will be extremely beneficial to the participants. Each participating group will undergo a fortnight-long programme at the QSC. QSTP Communications director Khaled al-Mohannadi and Assistant secretary general of the QSC Rashid al-Ibrahim said the “Future Scientist Summer Camp” offered perhaps one of the best opportunities for the country’s schoolchildren to spend their vacation in a useful manner. The QSTP decision to sponsor the camp reiterates the organisation’s commitment to develop Qatar as a thriving technology and science-based knowledge and research hub in coming days, said al-Mohannadi. “We at the QSTP see the camp as an opportunity to equip and enable children and youth to be the country’s technology and science ambassadors of tomorrow.” The QSTP official felt the inter-active teaching sessions and the accompanying exhibition would ensure that the event would provide an extremely useful experience to the participants. While acknowledging that the QSTP is excited at its association with the QSC, al-Mohannadi expressed the hope that the camp would be a memorable event for the children. Rashid al-Ibrahim said the QSC was proud to be part of an initiative that would illustrate science-based lessons using highly inter-active learning experiences. He recalled the first edition of the camp held last year was a successful experience to a large number of children and this time it could attract even a larger participation. This year’s camp hopes to draw close to 1,000 children and the sessions will be focused on robotics, engineering, computer animation and game development. The inter-active science exhibition will have more than 200 exhibits illustrating the principles of music and sound, human biology, light, force, motion, electricity, ecology, health and genetics. The camp’s medium of instruction is English and Arabic. The first batch of 200 will participate in the workshops in the morning sessions starting on June 26 and later another 200 children will start their programme in the evening session. Managing Director of The Planners Group Gaby Dona said the local children would gain substantially from their attendance at the camp. “We promise the local community of developing an advanced co-operation with the QSC to provide children the opportunity to be part of a science-based edutainment programme throughout the whole year.” The morning sessions, exclusively for girls, are scheduled for 8 to 1pm and evening sessions will be between 4 and 8pm. In the evening sessions both boys and girls will attend. Sony 3D, Cornerstone Learning Center and Huwaei are the sponsors of the programme.