Leading up to its much-anticipated launch, the NMoQ/Microsoft AI Digital Centre has already delivered numerous sessions virtually
The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), in collaboration with Microsoft, has inaugurated the AI Digital Centre with the aim of creating a space for students and the wider youth to practise digital skills and learn new ways of thinking and working.
For providing innovative ways to experience museum offerings and keeping up with contemporary technological advancements, this project is the outcome of a long-term partnership between NMoQ and Microsoft that strengthens both organisations’ commitment.
Leading up to its much-anticipated launch, the NMoQ/Microsoft AI Digital Centre has already delivered numerous sessions virtually. Over the last year, hundreds of students across schools in Doha have participated in engaging virtual sessions on Minecraft Education, Paint 3D, Flipgrid, Hour of Code, MakeCode, Cognitive Solutions, CyberSecurity, and more.
Commenting on the occasion, Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani, Deputy CEO of Qatar Museums and Director of NMoQ, said: “We are delighted to open the Digital Centre for Youth, the first of its kind in Qatar Museums. This co-innovation partnership with Microsoft that led to the creation of this centre reflects our long-term commitment to exploring new ways of engaging with our communities and developing interdisciplinary and creative ways of learning. Such partnerships bring us closer to realising our vision of being a museum that provides new platforms for creativity and innovation for all.”
The opening of the AI Digital Centre for Youth follows the launch of NMoQ Explorer, a custom-developed solution designed to mirror the immersive interactive approach of the museum and encourage visitors’ participation and engagement with the museum’s offerings regardless of their location.
Lana Khalaf, General Manager of Microsoft Qatar, stated: “At Microsoft, we recognise that incredible, world-changing innovations often come from students, and it is our responsibility to spark interest in STEM at an early age. We are thrilled to celebrate with the National Museum of Qatar the opening of the Digital Centre, and we are proud to partner with them to make their vision a reality with an innovative, highly engaging platform that introduces aspiring young minds to technologies like AI, IoT, and gaming so they can learn about Qatar’s social heritage and culture in a fun, immersive way while developing the skills of the future.”
With the launch of the AI Digital Centre for Youth, NMoQ is rolling out a series of free creative workshops and field trips for children aged 8 to 16, running throughout the summer from June to August, which are:
- Sundays: Coding Through Minecraft
- Mondays: Cybersecurity
- Tuesdays: Design & Engineering
- Wednesdays: Filmmaking
- Thursdays: 3D And Virtual Reality
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