Emirati University Students participated in an interactive space exploration workshop at the inaugural Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations in Abu Dhabi today.
The workshop conducted by the Airbus Little Engineer initiative introduced close to 50 students to the world of aerospace and robotics. Led by aerospace experts, the workshop was adapted to incorporate advanced programming language and challenged the students to complete the missions assigned.
In support of the Emirates Mars Mission to land a spacecraft on Mars in 2021, Airbus Little Engineer Space workshop is developed to mould and inspire the next generation of Emirati aerospace professionals into capable leaders who can contribute to this vision.
Launched in 2012, the Airbus Little Engineer initiative has been actively conducting aerospace and space focused robotics workshops amongst students in the Middle East and Africa. These workshops aim to empower youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) innovation. Today, more than 3000 students have benefitted from these trainings.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations and continue achieving our objectives in developing the Emirati youth in the aerospace industry,” said Mikail Houari, President or Airbus Africa and Middle East.
“As strong advocates of youth empowerment, the Airbus Little Engineer has made major inroads in the region over the last five years. We believe it is vital to invest and nurture the youth with the right skills necessary to take on future leadership roles in the aerospace sector,” he added.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations brought together over 3,000 attendees to discuss entrepreneurship, community development and future skills for tomorrow’s economy. Airbus participated at the Majlis as part of the Future Hub.
Airbus Little Engineer initiative was created in 2012 to respond to a market need of developing future talent. It aims at building future talent by re-igniting a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at grass-root level through
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, it generated revenues of €64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats.
Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.