At Workinton, we believe in the urgent need for sustainability and the imperative to play our role in protecting the planet. It was an honour to host the “Upcycled Bots”, a youth program in partnership with Studio 5/6 Qatar and Elite Paper Recycling for Qatar Sustainability Week 2022, a week-long campaign by Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future.
Students aged 11-14 joined us at Workinton M7 for hands-on workshops on sustainability, upcycling, and creating robots from electrical waste to promote awareness about sustainability in Qatar. The four-day seminar was followed by a hackathon, where we saw the students display great skill and imagination.
Qatar Sustainability Week is a National Campaign that aims to engage the community in sustainability-related activities to achieve the global sustainability goals outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030. It is a great medium to promote the country’s sustainability targets and encourage community engagement with relevant stakeholders.
Studio 5/6 is a community program set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to nurture kids and youth as digital learners by sharpening their 21st-century learning skills as they develop in an ever-changing digital environment.
Participants first visited Elite Paper Recycling to learn about the process of paper recycling, then attended extensive 2-hour sessions for three days on how to disassemble electrical components and understand how the components work, ultimately participating in a hackathon.
During the Hackathon, the participants made their own projects using the electronic components and recycled cardboard donated by Elite Paper Recycling with the projects being judged and a winner announced.