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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.
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.

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