Qatar Foundation’s EDI to Host iSTEMed 2018 Conference

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Published April 11th, 2018 - 05:05 GMT
The conference will involve educators, leaders, and students from across schools and universities within Qatar.
The conference will involve educators, leaders, and students from across schools and universities within Qatar.

The Education Development Institute (EDI), part of Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) Pre-University Education (PUE), is to hold its iSTEMed 2018 Conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre from April 13-15.

The purpose of iSTEMed 2018 is to enable educators to understand how to create authentic engagements for students across the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The conference will involve educators, leaders, and students from across schools and universities within Qatar.  

The opening keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Founder and CEO of the STEM Learning Lab in Canada. Other notable international speakers include Senior TED Fellow Cesar Harada, an inventor, environmentalist, and entrepreneur living in Hong Kong, who will, along with delivering workshops, be working alongside teachers and students to build and test an ‘aquatic drone’. Jennifer Wathall, a leading author and speaker, will be offering hands-on training in concept based mathematics. The three-day long conference will also include more than 25 workshops given by local and international presenters in the areas of STEM education.

Following a plenary session on Sunday, April 15, from Cesar Harada, the event will conclude with a series of community sessions where students will be able to attend alongside teachers. Topics for these sessions will range from creating whole school STEM initiatives to computer coding for younger students. The event will also include an exhibition and engagement space where participants can learn about different initiatives and opportunities for student learning and STEM.

“iSTEMed 2018 will allow local and international voices to discuss the technical and creative skills students need to develop,” said Mehdi Benchaabane, Director of EDI, PUE, QF. “We hope that teachers leave with ideas on how to make a real impact on their students’ learning.”

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Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, as a vehicle to convert the country's current, but temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital.

Through its threefold mission of education, scientific research and community development, Qatar Foundation is helping build a sustainable society where the sharing and creation of knowledge will enhance quality of life for all. 

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