TechnoGirls 2012 allows 400 school students to explore new areas in environmental sustainability
Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Dubai Women’s College, today conducted the “TechnoGirls 2012” event under the theme “Education and Sustainability”.
TechnoGirls event is held this year with the aim of providing a unique learning opportunity to all DWC IT students to learn about Green technologies based on community needs and increase the number of female high school Emirati students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, who is currently serving as an environmental advisor to the Ajman Government and is also the Chairman of the International Steering Committee for the Global Initiative towards a Sustainable Iraq, was the keynote speaker of the event.
He spoke to the students about the importance of being actively involved with environmental protection and shared with them his personal experiences with environmental projects locally and internationally.
Dr. Howard Reed, Director of Dubai Women’s College said that the number of women working and studying ICT (Information and Communications Technology) around the world is surprising low, especially considering that they are so talented in this field.
“The TechnoGirls event is giving high school girls the opportunity to experience new developments in Green technology and learn from industry experts and faculty at DWC. Hopefully this will encourage more of them to consider ICT related studies,” he added.
With the aim of increasing girl’s engagement with technology and exposing them to the various career opportunities available in the high-tech industry, TechnoGirls is a program that targets youth and provides them with the opportunity of learning about careers in technology. It also connects them with other school girls in a practical hands-on environment.
Throughout the event, DWC engaged its participants with thought provoking exercises which assisted them in managing their lives and careers using technologies of the future.
The students were engaged throughout the day with presentations, demonstrations and discussions on emerging Green technologies and how this could address the current needs of the society. This event has been integrated into the IT Curriculum and successfully implemented in Dubai Women’s College annually since 2009.
This event was well supported by many local organizations who are key advocators of Sustainability in the UAE.
Important workshops on Water and Electricity Conservation, Recycling, Waste Management and Green Sustainability for the future of UAE were conducted by DEWA, Dubai Municipality and Hewlett Packard. There were also nine workshops conducted by Dubai Women’s College on emerging Green Technologies.
Jyothi Ganglani, DWC IT Faculty said: “TechnoGirls is a unique program because our students engage directly with the high school students and open their minds to future technologies and empower them to contribute to the environmental sustainability of this country, "Jyothi said.
"We are very privileged to have the support of local organizations like DEWA, HP and Dubai Municipality. They bring their global expertise and in-depth knowledge to help us shape the content and impact of this program."
“It’s always a great event when you interact with inspired, passionate , motivated high school students who are eager to know every detail on the new and future technologies and that was exactly the case at the TechnoGirls 2012 at DWC,” Sherifa Al Hady, Channel Manager at HP pointed out.