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Mubadala and Airbus Middle East roll-out a series of robotic workshops

Mubadala and Airbus Middle East roll-out a series of robotic workshops, fostering the development of young Abu Dhabi national talent in engineering fields.

09 April 2014

On the occasion of the Global Aerospace Summit, being held in Abu Dhabi this week, Mubadala Aerospace & Engineering services joined forces with Airbus to roll-out the first of a series of robotic workshops to promote science and technology among the local youth.

Some 100 students in grades five and six are participating in the workshops, which was designed by The Little Engineer (TLE) organisation in partnership with Airbus Middle East to engage students through interactive and tailored robotics in order to inspire them to focus on their science and technology studies.

Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO of Mubadala Aerospace & Engineering Services, said: “A talent gap currently exists in the aviation industry and this requires support and collaboration to fill. We are delighted to be a part of this initiative with Airbus Middle East and to kick start a series of TLE workshops in Abu Dhabi. This complements a comprehensive outreach roadmap that Mubadala has developed to cover most age groups starting from grade five and six, including workshops, work experience and university lectures, to name a few. We are currently in discussions with Airbus to collaborate on a series of aeronautic-focused TLE workshops for grades seven and eight.” 

The Airbus TLE workshops focus on developing technical and soft skills in the fields of science and technology. It introduces students to key components such as sensors and motors, enabling them to discover how machines operate in the real world. Students learn to be team players working to reach a common goal by using their creativity and imagination to solve problems and celebrate their achievements.

"Airbus and Mubadala share the same belief that talent is a key contributor to the future of aviation. Together we are able to hold The Little Engineer workshops across Abu Dhabi, inspiring the young local generation to pursue studies and careers in engineering and aviation,” said Habib Fekih, President of Airbus Middle East.