Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Children’s Book on Engineering for Qatar

Greetings from Yogyakarta, at the IEEE TALE 2019 engineering education conference, where Ghada Salama from Texas A&M University at Qatar is speaking on  "Engineering Education: A Children’s Book to Support STEM Outreach in Qatar". A&M have produced very attractive children's books for introducing children to engineering topics. I suggested they produce an e-book version as well.
"Abstract — In recent years, increased attention has been
placed on improving STEM curricula to promote lifelong
learning to children at a young age. Integrating STEM
topics in children’s literature is an effective way to convey
knowledge as it combines creativity, motivation and
inquisitiveness. Due to the lack of children’s literature on engineering in the Middle East region, stories that young children can relate to – in terms of their traditions, culture,
and region – and at the same time introduces them to the
field of engineering would be of great value to the educational system. With that in mind, a model program was initiated at Texas A&M University at Qatar where undergraduate engineering students worked on a yearlong project to create an illustrated storybook about how drinkable water is produced in a desert nation where fresh water is scarce using engineering. This paper discusses the process of how this project came to fruition."

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