Posted on December 06, 2014

As part of an on-going STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational outreach programme, top BAE Systems engineers hosted a series of workshops and presentations for students and schools in Qatar.

Presentations were held at Qatar University College of Engineering’s (CENG) male and female campuses and were attended by approximately 80 students. Additionally, workshops to inspire students interested in the field of engineering were held at Omar Bin Al Khattab Secondary School for Boys, Qatar Independent Secondary School for Girls, Doha College, and Sherborne School from December 1st through December 3rd.

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Students enjoyed the workshops immensely and were given the opportunity to hear about the daily life of an engineer in a large international company, with a special emphasis on career milestones and advice for aspiring female engineers. “This was an invaluable opportunity for our students to learn from engineers from established organisations such as BAE systems. It is part of the College’s commitment to providing its students with access to top-notch engineering systems and processes to prepare them to enter the diverse fields in Qatar that require their knowledge and experience,” CENG Dean Dr Rashid Alammarri said.

Starting her career as an Apprentice with BAE Systems, Rebekah Crolla, who now works full time in Materials Engineering, gave a presentation outlining her journey and inspiring young Qatari female engineers interested in breaking into the field of engineering. Rebekah discussed the wide variety of opportunities that come with a career in engineering. Tom Marchant, a Technical Engineering Apprentice with BAE Systems at its Warton facility in the UK, offered students insight into the world of engineering - discussing why he decided to pursue a career in engineering and what career possibilities it can unlock for the future. Tom also described his experiences at BAE Systems and the steps he is taking to become a fully qualified engineer.

The STEM workshops in Doha gave an overview of engineering as a discipline and engaged students in a tower building activity. Students were split into teams to build a tower that must be strong enough to support a heavy weight. Each different material used to construct the tower costs a certain amount of points and the tower that supported the most weight won. This exercise covered general engineering thinking, team work, structures and forces, planning and budgeting.

Ben Bridge, Managing Director Middle East & Africa, BAE Systems, commented: “These workshops form the foundation of our education programme in Qatar and embody our long-term commitment to supporting knowledge creation through the critical STEM education curriculum. We are delighted to give students, especially young women, insight into the subject and the rewarding career opportunities offered in the field of engineering.”

Qatari students explore the world 3 [].jpgBAE Systems has developed a number of workshops that engage and educate students between the ages of 13 and 15. Each workshop has a common set of aims; to develop the thinking and engagement on STEM subjects, to encourage team work and to encourage structured thinking in the completion of a task. Some BAE Systems education activities are aviation-focused, investigating what can fly and the attributes required for flight. Others involve the design and build of a parachute to assess how the shape and materials used in a parachute affect its performance.

In Qatar and around the world, BAE Systems is committed to supporting and developing the skills of young people. BAE Systems’ STEM educational outreach programmes aim to engage, inspire and motivate students to discover and explore fulfilling careers in the fields of science and engineering.