Posted on November 07, 2015

The extended stay of MathAlive!, the interactive math and science exhibit, opened at the Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) on Thursday, 5 November with a large number of VIP guests who included QF’s Executive Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Hamad Al Ibrahim, and QSC Chairman Fahad Al Kuwari, as well as Raytheon executives Yezen Munir, President Raytheon International in Qatar, Robert C. Koch, VP for International Communications and Thomas A. Vecchiolla, President, Raytheon International, in addition to many excited students from three schools. The exhibit will remain in Doha until 10 December.

MathAlive! is a collaboration between Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the QSC and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), and is aligned with QF’s continued efforts to promote learning and education in Doha and to foster an environment that helps students reach their full potential and QSC’s aspirations to spread and strengthen a culture of education, innovation and scientific research. Dr Al Ibrahim, Chairman Al Kuwari and Mr. Dirar Khouri, Director for Institutional Research at Qatar Foundation and Mr Munir all gave remarks at the opening ceremony, which was also attended by students and teachers from schools across Qatar, employees from QF and QSC, and senior representatives from Raytheon.

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Commenting on the occasion, QF’s Executive Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Hamad Al Ibrahim said, “We are very pleased with the opening of MathAlive! today in cooperation with our partners, as we are confident of its ability to present science through innovative and fun ways. The exhibition also supports the national educational process in light of our commitment to supporting ‘Qatar Vision 2030’ and building the new generation of innovators among Qatari youth.”

Chairman Al Kuwari from QSC welcomed all guests and thanked Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development for the productive partnership with Raytheon to organize the MathAlive! Exhibition.Mr. Al Kuwari addressed the visiting students and highlighted the importance of math in people’s lives and how it has a positive impact on how they deal with various types of subjects across all levels of education. In addition, the Chairman gave students a real-life example of how the Qatar Scientific Club had an impact on his educational journey across all levels until reaching higher education.

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Mr. Munir expressed appreciation for the dedicated support of both QF and the QSC, saying:“I’d like to especially thank our partners at the Foundation and Scientific Club for their enthusiasm and efforts to bring MathAlive! to the children of Doha.We share a goal of providing our youth with the very best education, which is nurtured by great institutions like Qatar Foundation and their dedicated partners such as the Qatar Scientific Club.” One of the main highlights and key features of the MathAlive! Exhibition at QSC is the new “Penalty Block” simulator, which has been introduced exclusively for Qatar and is the first of its kind, recognizing both the country’s dedication to football and its hosting of the World Cup in 2022. “Penalty Block” gives students an exciting virtual experience to explore mathematical concepts behind one aspect of the country’s favorite sport.

Covering more than 350 square meters, MathAlive! interactive modules spanned building design, football, space travel, video games and more, bringing math and science to life for late primary and early secondary school students.

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