x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Rolls-Royce gears up physics lab

Rolls Royce will set up a technology laboratory at a Dubai high school.

DUBAI // Rolls-Royce is to supply equipment for a high-tech laboratory in a pilot programme for government schools, the Minister of Education announced yesterday.

The first technology laboratory will be set up at the Hamdan bin Rashid School in Al Warqa, where Grade 11 pupils will learn practical lessons in topics such as forces, motion, energy momentum and mass, and acceleration.

The project aims to encourage more Emiratis to pursue careers in science and engineering.

"This will provide our students access to the latest technologies and practical career insights, which will hopefully attract them to the kind of technical careers needed to support and sustain our economy in the future," said Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, the minister.

The laboratory, set up in partnership with the ministry, will be used by 22 pupils and four teachers. Any extension of the programme will depend on results from the pilot.

Dr Rob Watson, the Middle East director of Rolls-Royce, said the company was trying to support local talent.

The programme has been designed around the ministry curriculum and will be taught for 13 weeks, starting in January.

Children will have access to 25 laptops on which to research their projects. Ten physics teachers from different schools will also receive training between November 26 and 30.

aahmed@thenational.ae