400 solar artworks by Qatar students on display at the Fire Station

 25 Apr 2017 - 12:32

400 solar artworks by Qatar students on display at the Fire Station
Dr Khalid Al Hajri, Chairman and CEO of QSTec, during the inaugration of the Shams 3rd Generation Collective Exhibition at the Fire Station yesterday.  Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), a member of Qatar Foundation, yesterday opened Shams Generation 3 Collective Exhibition at the Fire Station featuring 400 solar artworks by students as young as eight from over 20 schools and universities across Qatar.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of QSTec, Dr Khalid  Al Hajri opened the exhibition with dozens of teachers, parents, and students in attendance. This year’s edition of Shams Generation is driven by its motivation to address a critical concern: global warming.

“One of the most fundamental issues faced by all countries across the planet is effectively combating climate change—we need to preserve our environment for future generations and successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this, education is essential, and to this end, we must all play a proactive role in shouldering our respective responsibilities to protect our environment," said Al Hajri.

He added: “QSTec developed Shams Generation as a part of an integrated strategy for solar energy innovation to take root amongst the youth of the nation. Through our initiative, we have fostered an environment where students, from an early age, are encouraged to develop creative ideas, solutions and applications for solar energy. We all need to be more sustainable and by familiarizing our youth with environmental protection, sustainability and solar energy, QSTec is playing a vital role in protecting our planet.”

The exhibition, which is open until May 1, displays a wide variety of art creations by students from 18 Independent and private schools including Abu Bakr Assedeeq Preparatory Independent Boys, Al Bayan Primary Independent Girls, Qatar Academy Doha, Awsaj Academy and ACS International School Doha among others.

This year’s exhibition also features solar art and engineering collaboration between students studying at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and Texas A&M University at Qatar.

Since its launch in 2014, the Shams Generation initiative has reached over 16,000 students through its outreach programs. On its third year, this multi-award winning hands-on learning initiative was developed by QSTec, in collaboration with Qatar Museums, to address the knowledge gap in the region on the use of solar energy and its applications. Shams Generation educates the nation’s younger generation about the use of solar energy and the importance of environmental sustainability through an interdisciplinary approach to education combining science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

In the lead-up to the exhibition, each participating school hosted in-school workshops, during which students created artwork using solar-powered kits and recycled materials. The best solar artworks were then shortlisted and are now showcased at the Annex Room gallery at Fire Station.