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Ministry of Finance to help children build robots

Free sessions on building robots to be held on family fun weekend

Ministry of Finance to help children build robots
HE Younis Al Khoori said that inspiring the next generation will accelerate the UAE’s innovation story.

The Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with Cartoon Network is hosting an event to allow children to build their own robot.

The free event is taking place on 23-24th February as part of the Rise Dubai Creek Harbour family event.

Participants will receive a DIY robotic kit that enables them to create working robots from almost anything. Children attending the sessions will be encouraged to build their own robots by recycling items around them and give a cartoon character to their robot. Children will also be able to programme the robot to interact with them.

The initiative aims to expand the mind-set of children through analytical thinking, problem solving, prototyping, lateral thinking and building, as part of efforts to improve STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.

The event is one of a series of public events by the Ministry of Finance, held under the patronage of his Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to mark Innovation Month 2018 this February.

"This initiative at Rise Dubai Creek Harbour is open to all children who wish to experience the future of what is to come in the world of technology, and hopes to inspire creativity and pioneering thinking," said His Excellency Younis Haji Al Khoori, undersecretary of Ministry of Finance. "We believe that inspiring the next generation will accelerate the UAE's innovation story and as a result strengthen the UAE's position as a global hub for innovation. By enhancing the development of innovative ideas and capabilities we will be able to create a widespread culture of innovation from grassroots level and up."

This activation is free of charge and is open to the public and aimed at children ages 7-13. The sessions will run for 45 minutes on 23 and 24 February, 2018.

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