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Airbus Little Engineer Initiative to inspire youth at inaugural Global Space Congress

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ABU DHABI: As part of its commitment to motivating and inspiring youth in the region, Airbus is showcasing the Airbus Little Engineer program at the first ever Global Space Congress – the region’s premier space event, which runs at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi on January 31 and February 1.

Airbus Little Engineer workshops, in addition to its direct Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) applications, have been designed to help students practice crucial skills including teamwork, communication, critical thinking, public speaking and creativity. A central concept of the initiative is bridging the gap between theory and practice.

The initiative, conducted in partnership with the UAE Space Agency, will challenge close to 50 Emirati students to carry out a simulation of a launch mission to space. It will focus on introducing students to the world of space exploration and enhancing their understanding of both the benefits and applications of space technology. Over the course of four hours, students will assemble and launch a rocket, set up a base and established communications.

The UAE Space Agency, which is hosting the Global Space Congress, has placed raising awareness of the space industry as one of its strategic objectives. The Agency partners with international organizations like Airbus to continue providing students with chances to learn and develop.

Since its launch in 2012, Airbus Little Engineer initiative successfully positioned itself as effective vehicle for discovery-based learning, working to enlighten and empower youth in the areas of science and technology. The initiative has reached over 3000 students across the Middle East and Africa.

The Global Space Congress is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The event, which is organised by Streamline Marketing Group, will feature a global audience of more than 600 space experts, including space agency leaders from across the world, C-suite space and aerospace executives, government ministers, top researchers and academics.

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