For Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Hafiz, Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at AUS, it is about providing a memorable and fun learning experience. “When we designed the boot camp, we wanted students to understand that mechanical engineering can be fascinating and fun. Imagine what it would feel like to still be in high school but learn to 3D print a quadcopter or produce renewable energy. By engaging students in these exciting projects, we were able to build their critical thinking and communication skills and teach them how to work within a team. We offered them an unforgettable campus experience.”
He added: “By working with talented students at the school level, we are ensuring that future generations are aware of national and global opportunities and needs in the field, which helps them make informed decisions about their future. Our focus in the College of Engineering is to graduate innovators and global citizens who can contribute to the UAE knowledge economy and solve global problems. The boot camp is one step towards achieving that.”
But don’t only take the word of adults for it. Nishant Sood, a grade 11 student at Sharjah English School, said that she enjoyed the boot camp and found it educational. “Not only did I make friends along the way, but I was also able to experience different aspects of mechanical engineering that helped me understand what this field is about. The instructors were always there to assist me when I was not sure what to do and were very supportive. The boot camp at AUS was well-equipped and I was able to get hands-on experience using tools like a spot welder, bending machines and so much more. All the modules included practical activities which made it even more fun,” she said.
Srujan Bhirud, a grade 12 student at The Indian High School, added: “I really liked working in teams and with a partner, as well as being able to take home some of the objects we made like the grill, the hammer, and the laser printed plates. All the lessons were very informative and to be able to do actual mechanical engineering work was a great experience.”