Amideast/UAE and Boeing [NYSE:BA] celebrated the graduation of 50 students from the STEM Club, a key component of the STEM for Sustainability programme.

The students, in grades seven to nine from various Dubai schools, learned practical ways to build sustainability in their everyday life, including water and electricity conservation. They also learned about sustainable aviation fuels and advanced technologies like hydrogen and electric propulsion systems. Additionally, they acquired digital skills such as computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing, using them to develop environmentally friendly vehicle, windmill, and farmhouse designs, all with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Türkiye, Africa, and Central Asia, says, “The STEM for Sustainability programme with Amideast is a powerful initiative that aligns STEM education with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It empowers the next generation to contribute to decarbonisation efforts, and we are excited to see this endeavor coming to fruition."

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During the graduation ceremony that took place on March 1 at Dubai Knowledge Park, Amideast/UAE and Boeing organised a panel entitled 360 Collaboration in Sustainability Efforts. The panel, moderated by Sara El-Dallal, Amideast/UAE Country Director, featured speakers, including Meghan Gregonis, the United States Consul General in Dubai; Kuljit Ghata-Aura; and Greta Holtz, President, and CEO of Amideast, Ambassador (ret.). Their discussion emphasised the importance of education and partnerships between public, private, non-profit organisations, and academia in engaging the younger generation to develop solutions for a more sustainable future.

Amideast's President and CEO, Ambassador (ret) Greta Holtz mentioned: “Amideast is honoured to be working towards the UAE’s Substantiable Development Goals through focused collaboration on sustainability and STEM education. Witnessing the growth of the STEM for sustainability programme has been truly remarkable. This programme, in partnership with Boeing, is an inspiring example of how meaningful partnerships that bring together the private sector, and training organisations can impact different stakeholders such as students, parents and teachers.

STEM for Sustainability programme

Amideast and Boeing are working together to align STEM education with sustainability roadmaps in the UAE and North Africa.

In the UAE, the programme was launched in May 2023, in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 28). The three-year programme in the UAE offers various activities, including STEM roundtables, STEM podcasts, a STEM fair, and a STEM Club, designed to promote eco-friendly behaviors and values among students.

As added by Jay Treloar, Spokesperson, US Mission to the UAE: “The US Mission to the UAE is proud to continue our support of the Stem for Sustainability programme in collaboration with Amideast and Boeing UAE. We celebrate the 46 students graduating from the program today and look forward to seeing their contributions to the UAE’s Sustainable Development goals.