Boeing Launches Curiosity Machine Design Challenges in Egypt
- The Curiosity Machine program reaches Egypt after a successful roll-out across the Middle East
Cairo, Egypt, 24 September 2017 - Boeing (NYSE:BA) in collaboration with World Learning and Iridescent partnered with Egypt’s Ministry of Education to introduce its online based Curiosity Machine, an engineering focused design program, to Egypt’s secondary schools.
The Curiosity Machine programs - A Boeing Centennial Initiative - teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning through hands-on engineering design challenges, each of which presents fundamental science or engineering concepts and asks students to use simple materials to come up with possible solutions. It aims to encourage students across Egypt to look further into the field of STEM and aerospace.
Bernard Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey said: “By investing in high-quality, engaging education, Boeing is committed to empowering and inspiring a new generation to explore the fields of STEM and aerospace engineering. We are proud to be able to bring the highly successful Curiosity Machine program to Egypt and to support such a worthy cause.”
The Egyptian Ministry of Education has closely followed the success of the Curiosity Machine program, which was first introduced to the region last year. It is a Boeing supported initiative that was created by Iridescent, a U.S. based non-profit that trains professional engineers, scientists and parents to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to children and their families.
Donald Steinberg, World Learning’s CEO said: “I’m excited that this partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Education, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Boeing Middle East and World Learning provided Egyptian students at 11 STEM secondary schools with state-of-the art access to Boeing’s Curiosity Machine Design Initiative. I have seen first-hand the remarkable achievements that these young people have accomplished, including the young women at the Maadi School in Cairo, and this new access will empower them to reach even greater heights.”
After its rapid success in the Middle East, Boeing provided access to its online based Curiosity Machine Design Challenges. The program was held in 11 secondary public schools in cities across Egypt - Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Daqahleya, Assiut, Kafr El Sheikh, Ismaleya, Luxor, Red Sea, Menoufeya and Gharbeya. The program took place during summer camps, which ran from September 9 - 21. The students learned about science and engineering, as well as practice skills such as creative problem-solving and tenacity that will be vital to moving into an industry like aerospace.
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