23 students took part in the 7th Future Engineer camp, which Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organised over 10 days. The students, aged 12 to 15 years, who are children of DEWA employees, completed 63 training hours. They learned programming basics using Scratch and Blockly. They were also trained on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) to reduce energy and water use, as well as using modern technologies to preserve natural resources for generations to come. This contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Participants’ happiness level about the camp was 98%.
Our wise leadership attaches great importance to innovation. At DEWA, we believe that youth have the potential to contribute to this vision. That’s why we are committed to encouraging the younger generation to be creative and motivate their scientific research. We also encourage them to study sciences and new technologies. Today’s youth are the leaders of tomorrow who will play a key role in developing disruptive technologies and keeping up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Organising the Future Engineer camp twice a year supports DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation. It also supports our efforts to promote innovation among young people and provide them with basic scientific skills such as analysis, observation, and problem-solving, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
Al Tayer said that the Future Engineer camp achieved positive results over 7 cycles with the participation of 216 students. The camp helped participants gain various technical and engineering skills that inspire them to study advanced sciences. This will contribute to providing the job market with qualified professionals.
A ceremony was held at the closing of the camp to recognise the Future Engineers. On behalf of Al Tayer, Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and The Futrure at DEWA, honoured participants in the Future Engineer camp who developed prototypes for several promising projects. These include the Smart Farm to provide a suitable environment for plant growth using AI; The Smart School for People of Determination to provide a comprehensive and friendly environment for them; and the Mega Robot, which cleans public areas and detects violators.
The students and parents commended the level and quality of the camp activities, emphasising that these programmes consolidate a culture of innovation and creativity among the younger generations.
Dr Ahmed Alzarooni, father of 15-year-old Saif, was pleased that his son took part in the camp. He signed him up as soon as the camp was announced, as he knows how passionate Saif is towards scientific activities. Saif loved the various activities, especially Robotics, AI, and IoT. He learned new topics and explored new devices. As Saif loves dismantling and assembling devices, he asked his father to buy him the same devices, which his father approved without hesitation. Alzarooni believes this is a healthy alternative to video games and develops the basic skills for the younger generations.
Rehab Ibrahim, mother of 12-year-old Mohammed, was pleased with the outcomes of the camp, especially the skills on dealing with others. Mohammed, who wishes to become a pilot, benefitted from the scientific activities and specialised workshops during the camp. Despite facing a few difficulties at the beginning related to technical terms and operating the devices, Mohammed quickly overcame them and shared his new experience with his family. He hopes to develop a device to measure air quality.
Source: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority