(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Tarek bin Zeyad Secondary School for Boys was announced as the winner of the fifth High School Wooden Bridge Competition (HSWBC) organised by the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAE) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG), which concluded recently. Jassim bin Hamad Secondary School for Boys won the second place and Al Shahaneya Secondary School for Boys won the third place in the competition.
The closing ceremony of the competition was attended by CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al Khalifa and CENG Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering Head Dr Mohammed Farouk, as well as CENG faculty and staff.
The competition included 17 schools and 51 Qatari students and lasted for two months starting from October. This initiative is one of the several high school outreach programs conducted by CENG to motivate students to join the field of engineering in general and civil engineering in particular. It involves teams using sticks and glue to construct model bridges. Department senior students, teaching assistants and faculty members visited selected teams and provided guidance and advice on their designs. The teams also paid a visit to the department for follow-up assistance.
Dr Al Khalifa said: 'This competition outlines CENG commitment to communicate with community members and students to raise their awareness of CENG programs and motivate them to join CENG and contribute to Qatar's development and progress. It also contributes to preparing Qatari national engineers who will be able to fulfil the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Dr Farouk said: 'Through HSWBC, the CAE Department is determined to equip secondary school students with the main skills of civil engineering and to enable them to test, design and build small bridges of different uses. Based on this competition, CAE attracted several Qatari students who joined the program and who will become civil engineers and support Qatar's projects. This competition showcases the importance of civil engineering to life in general and to industry in particular, and to attract distinguished Qatari students to the civil engineering program.
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