Over 300 students and teachers from 120 schools participated
Winners of the 7th Gasna Competition were announced at a closing ceremony on March 8.
Organized by the Gas Processing Center (GPC) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG), Gasna which means Our Gas, aims to increase students' awareness on the importance of the oil and gas industry, to help them better understand Qatar's abundant and valuable natural resources, and to engage them to further advance the country's development and growth.
This year's competition was sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), ExxonMobil Qatar, QatarGas, and Dolphin Energy Limited. It drew the participation of more than 300 students and teachers from 120 independent and international schools, and included over 100 projects -- 7 research papers, 29 presentations, 38 posters, and 59 models.
Attending the closing ceremony were CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, GPC Acting Director Prof Muftah Al Naas, ExxonMobil Qatar Projects Engineer Mr Mohammed AbuKhadija, Dolphin Energy Limited Director of Engineering Mr Khalid Al Khori, and QatarGas Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer Rand Agha.
Winners of the 1st Category (KG-Grade 4) were Elite International School (1st), Halima Al Sa'adia Kindergarten for Girls (2nd), and Ibn Sina Elementary School for Boys (3rd).
2nd Category (Grade 5 and 6) winners were Umm Hanai Primary Girls School (1st), Al-Shifaa bint Abdul-Rahman Al-Ansari Primary Preparatory School for Girls (2nd), and Al-Khansaa Elementary School for Girls (3rd).
Audio Education Complex for Girls won 1st place in the 3rd Category (Grade 7-9) followed by Khalid Bin El Waleed Preparatory School for Boys (2nd), and Al-Khor International School. (3rd).
4th Category (Grade 10-12) winners were Al Khor Secondary School for Girls (1st), Al-Rasala Secondary School for Girls (2nd), and Al Shaima Secondary School for Girls (3rd).
In his remarks, Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: Gasna competition is considered as one of the important activities within CENG and GPC initiatives and outreach programs that target schools to engage students on innovation and creativity in science and engineering. Today's learners are tomorrow's leaders, and they should be aware of country's treasures and natural resources which they should manage and lead tomorrow.
Dolphin Energy Limited General Manager � Qatar Mr Hassan Al-Emadi said: Qatar University's Gasna Competition for schools helps to highlight the importance of engineering and the role of the energy industry in the country's development. As sponsor, we are keen to support initiatives that foster future engineers so that they contribute to future prosperity and growth. I hope the students enjoyed this exciting experience and I congratulate them all for their participation.
QAPCO Chief Human Capital & Information System Officer Engineer Abdulla Ahmed Naji said: QAPCO is proud to be associated with Gasna for this great initiative that aims to increase the understanding in children about the importance of gas and gas processing to the economy and to the future of Qatar. This competition has excellent benefits for the students and for the Energy & Industry Sector (EIS) as we need the young people of Qatar to learn more about engineering and this competition will, I believe, help to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.
ExxonMobil Qatar President and General Manager Mr Alistair Routledge said: It has been a great pleasure for ExxonMobil Qatar to be involved in the 7th Gasna Competition, in collaboration with our long-term education partner Qatar University. We've been part of this outstanding initiative since it was launched in 2011, and have watched it evolve into a valued local program that has successfully helped hundreds of Qatar's students understand the role of gas in their country's economy and development. The Gasna competition is an effective education program that prepares students to become part of a globally competitive, future generation workforce. Education, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, is a core aspect of our community outreach programs. We believe that by getting students interested in STEM early on, we can realize the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and help build a sustainable future for Qatar.
Source: Qatar University