Doha, Qatar: The Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education hosted more than 40 teachers from Qatar independent schools Monday for a series of professional development workshops led by international experts in pre-university education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Dr. Johannes Strobel, director of educational outreach programs at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, said the workshop was designed to demonstrate for teachers how math and science disciplines could be integrated to introduce students to engineering concepts at an early age.
“Engineering has usually no academic home in elementary and secondary schools, yet research has shown that engineering is a powerful glue holding mathematics and science together and providing students with the opportunities to practice what they learned, and to learn mathematics and science in context,” said Strobel, who is editor of the prestigious Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research.
Strobel led the professional development workshop with Dr. Cary Sneider, who chairs a US National Academy of Engineering committee on implementation of engineering education in primary and secondary schools in the United States. Subject specialists from Qatar’s Supreme Education Council joined the teachers to learn about the latest advances in that area.
Latifa Al Hardan, head of the Mathematics department of the Supreme Council for Education, said, “The conference is providing teachers with hands-on workshops for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics; areas that help students link between mathematics and science, technology, engineering and how to apply in real life. Teaching these disciplines will help develop students’ skills in data processing and calculations and increases their ability to scientific inquiry and problem solving. Today’s workshop helped teachers assess the diverse educational activities and its effectiveness in achieving the integration of science, math, technology and engineering materials, and use the educational activities applied in teaching students, which enhance their understanding and support of scientific and practical skills. ”
The Engineering Leaders Conference on Engineering Education is organized by Texas A&M University at Qatar , and Maersk Oil Qatar is the exclusive sponsor and industry partner. Mr. Lewis Affleck, managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar , said his company’s support for the conference is inspired by the access to expertise the conference provides for educators in Qatar.
“The Engineering Leaders Conference brings together some of the world’s leading experts in their fields and we are delighted that so many teachers were able to benefit from the sessions and workshops. This annual event supports Qatar’s goal to become a knowledge-based society, and teachers are a vital part of this.”
The Engineering Leaders conference continues today with more academic presentations and career development workshops for engineers.
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