The Department of Computer and Communications Engineering at AUST organized the first training session for the ARDUINO Schools Competition on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. It was held in the presence of H.E. Nicolas Sehnaoui, and 12 schools participated in this event, namely: Sagesse Jdeideh, Eastwood College, Val Pere Jacques, Collège des Saints-Coeurs Sioufi, AL Ghazali High School, Sagesse Saint Jean Brasilia, Rawdah High School, Collège du Sacré Coeur Gemmayze, Grand Lycee Franco- Libanais, St.George School Hadath, Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours, Notre Dame de la Delivrande- Arraya and Collège Mariste Champville.
The Chairperson of the Computer and Communications Engineering Department (CCE) at AUST, Dr. Roger Achkar, in his welcoming word emphasized the importance of the Arduino training and competition in developing the students’ creativity and providing them with the right tools to excel and achieve their ideas. He also added, “Next fall, AUST will be organizing a national Arduino competition among your private schools in Lebanon. The launching will be held during the month of October 2018”. He continued, “A training session will be held for all instructors during the Spring Semester 2017/2018, followed by a summer school for all students participating in the competition.”
On his part, Mr. Riad Sakr, Vice President-AUST, agreed on the importance of such events and thanked H.E Sehnaoui on his presence and on the most appreciated initiatives that he undertakes towards the betterment and development of the different trends of technology. He also thanked Sehnaoui on his interests in supporting the various endeavors whose aim is to furnish our youth with knowledge and skills that would smooth their path to a better future.
He added: “The past century had known scientific, intellectual and technological revolutions, but this century has seen real technological advancements in the fields of Bio-technology and Digital Technology. Your students have many opportunities to access these sciences and technologies and benefit from and contribute to them in the future. AS such, AUST confirms, through these training sessions and initiatives, its community, educational and scientific commitment to teachers and students at various levels, especially that of high schools which are a bridge between knowledge and personality formation and that of specialization, self-affirmation and innovation.”
VP Sakr then addressed the representatives of the participating schools saying: “AUST, as usual, is going to support you and your students’ efforts, and has put under your disposal its workshops, tools, needed equipment, and experienced and professional instructors to train you and accompany you in your endeavors. I wish you success, and all hope for a promising future for your students”
H.E. Nicolas Sehnaoui congratulated AUST on this endeavor, stating that technology, programming and robotics are the fields of the future; the fields that will change the world. He added, “I congratulate you on using the right tool, which is technology, to bring your idea to life and achieve what you aim for.” He also highlighted the role of AUST in educating a whole generation by giving them the right opportunities and tools to succeed in making their ideas come true.
At the end of the opening session, an introductory presentation on Arduino was conducted by the trainer Mr. Tarek Chehade. Mr. Chehade stressed the importance of this technology, its usage and its several applications. At the end of the session, Dr. Achkar along with Mr. Chehade answered the questions of the participants. The second session was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at AUST.