Posted on October 16, 2018

A 10-part series of robotics training sessions for Qatar’s teaching community began last week at College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q). The free sessions, offered in both English and Arabic, will continue throughout the remainder of the fall semester and into the early winter.

The training takes place in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, who have been instrumental in ensuring teachers take part in robotics training, to encourage students’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the nation’s classrooms. The Ministry also provides instructional expertise from Mr. Gassan Sabsaby, Head of I.T. Educational Guidance at the Ministry, and Mr. Salah Heikal who is responsible for offering the robotics training in Arabic.

Teachers are offered up to 30 hours of instruction in robotics programming at CNA-Q.  These teachers then bring their training back into the classroom to teach students  how to build and program robots. Annually, students in Qatar compete against each other at the National Robot Olympiad to showcase their newly-learned STEM skills.  As the State of Qatar’s premier technical institution, CNA-Q is dedicated to continuing the provision of robotics training and hosting of the highly-anticipated National Robot Olympiad in April 2019. “Robotics competitions are part of a worldwide movement to encourage hands-on skills training and immersion in technology for youth,” said Samah Gamar, Vice President - Academic at CNA-Q.  “We really believe in the importance of an early introduction to programming and robotics as a pathway to greater awareness of the many opportunities provided by a career in STEM. ”

CNA-Q has been a proud provider of robotics training to the education community for several years, in addition to being the national organizer and host to the World Robot Olympiad in Qatar in 2015. As a national cllege, CNA-Q is pleased to be able to provide its technical expertise and facilitation to this Qatar-wide endeavor. Since its inception in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer 30 diploma and certificate programs, graduating thousands of students from full-time programs who have populated the workforce in Qatar or pursued further education. This year marks the 17th year that CNA-Q has been providing high-quality experiential technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision to educate, develop and retain young Qataris.