Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop instills passion for learning

Students take part in the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop recently organized during the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai.
Updated 12 January 2018
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Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop instills passion for learning

Students from across the UAE took part in the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop recently organized during the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai.
The event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group — who inaugurated this year’s summit.
Under the umbrella of the Airbus Foundation, the initiative is committed to encouraging students to better understand and embrace innovative technology.
The two-day workshop, which commenced a day before the start of the summit, was attended by 55 students, aged between 13-15, from the Sheffield Private School. The initiative provided the youngsters with a platform to familiarize themselves with various aircraft parts, and receive a rich understanding of the manufacturing and assembling processes of the A380 — the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
The primary focus of the workshop was to build upon students’ technical and soft skills by channeling their potential, and using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in practical ways as a team.
Fouad Attar, head of Airbus Commercial Africa and the Middle East, said: “Channeling the latent skills that are within our youth is one way that Airbus strives to develop emerging talent in the region.
“We believe that harnessing talent through initiatives like the Airbus Little Engineer is important i n building the necessary capabilities that our industry needs to guarantee its future success. However, while programs such as this are indeed important in encouraging the younger generation to pursue meaningful careers in aerospace, they also provide wider benefits to society at large by instilling a passion for science, innovation and related fields which will prove essential in enabling the UAE to achieve its vision to develop a thriving knowledge-based economy.”
Since its launch in 2012, the Airbus Little Engineer program has successfully positioned itself as an effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology through robotics and aerospace.


Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

The custom-built track has obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies.
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Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

Women in Saudi Arabia are being encouraged to get behind the wheel at a series of fun, informative events being held over the next two months.

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will enable females with driving licenses to test-drive one of five models on a custom-built track complete with obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies. 

Non-drivers, husbands, and children will also be catered to with food and entertainment.

“We hope Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will boost women’s confidence and enthusiasm about the prospect of being able to drive in Saudi Arabia,” said Mike Song, head of Hyundai Middle East and Africa.

“The fun, informative sessions have been designed to address some of the most common concerns among new and infrequent drivers, such as a fear of involvement in accidents.” 

The motor park will provide education about road safety and highlight some of the technological advances that are making motoring safer. It will include a driving track featuring props that mimic real-life situations on the road, but in a secure environment. During the test-drive, motorists will navigate activities such as ordering food at a drive-through restaurant, refueling at a gas station, and finding a parking space at a mall while avoiding common hazards such as abandoned trolleys. At the end of the session, they will park in front of a “drive-in” cinema and receive an individual evaluation of their driving, plus tips.

Five Hyundai models will be available to try out. A professional driving instructor will demonstrate the vehicles’ key features, then accompany each participant on a 20-minute test-drive of the vehicle of her choice. Women who have yet to obtain their driving licenses need not miss out on the experience. They will be invited to ride in the vehicle of their choice while an instructor leads them around the course.

Each participant will be introduced to pertinent road safety topics, such as hazard perception, parking, and basic defensive driving to avoid dangerous situations. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 offers fun for all the family, plus five food trucks. Children will learn about how cars work by building their own model engines; other entertainment will include quizzes, a giant game of Jenga, and a session on Korean handicrafts, a collaboration with Korea Tourism Organization. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will take place in Dammam from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, in Riyadh from Nov. 14 to 17, and Jeddah from Dec. 17 to 20.