What is Engineering Heroes?

Engineering Heroes is an exciting, hands-on program in which students in grades 9–12 spend one week creating a focused engineering project that demonstrates that engineering is a patriotic profession in Qatar. The program is designed to increase students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year, the theme has been selected from one of the fast-growing engineering technologies: ROV (remotely operated vehicle or underwater robotics). Throughout this program, students will learn about underwater robotics, threats to oceans, mechanical design, structural systems, programming, control systems, underwater engineering and experimental measurements.

How can I participate?

Engineering Heroes is open to students who are in grades 9–12 at any school in Qatar. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis according to applications and essays. This is an exclusive program with competitive selection, so only the best applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 27 February 2020.

How much does it cost?

Participants only need to pay a registration fee of QAR 100. This fee is paid after acceptance, but it is nonrefundable, even if a participant later decides not to participate in the program.

What should I expect?

The Engineering Heroes program inspires students to learn and creatively apply STEM skills to solve real-world problems and improve their critical thinking, teamwork and creativity. The participants learn about ocean cleanup, the fundamentals of ROV, 3D CAD design and underwater navigation.

Students will compete in teams to design, build, program and test an underwater robot designed to clear the ocean of pollutants and monitor Qatar’s natural coastlines. Using state-of-the-art components and engineering materials, participants will build the ROV to complete the assigned mission.

Expect lots of hands-on work — and lots of fun! Participants will design and build their ROVs and the necessary sensors to tackle the real-world problems of plastics in our ocean. They will also present and defend their designs to a panel of robotics experts.

Applications are closed.

Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule

8:30–9 a.m.
morning briefing
9–10:30 a.m.
engineering lesson, project work and testing
10:30–10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
project work or facility visit
12:15–1:15 p.m.
lunch (provided)
1:15–3 p.m.
project work or invited speaker

Topics Schedule

introduction to robotics, motors, controls
underwater design, 3D design, brainstorming
ROV building, programming, testing
underwater testing, troubleshooting, problem-solving
testing, competition and awards