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Keep UAE kids engaged at home this summer with new 'digital playground'

Staff Reporter /Abu Dhabi
reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on July 25, 2020
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Adek calls this activity platform a 'one-stop resource' of educational entertainment that can help students of all ages make the most of their time during the summer vacation.


For students still thinking of fun things to do at home this summer break, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) has launched a new activity platform that encourages schoolkids to #NeverStopLearning. 

Whether you're interested in coding and robotics or you'd like to learn a new language, this 'digital playground' has some exciting activity tailored for you. You can even challenge your friend in a cooking competition and get your dose of daily exercise. All these - and more - are offered at activityplatform.ae

Adek calls this Activity Platform a 'one-stop resource' of educational entertainment that can help students of all ages make the most of their time during the summer vacation - without having to step out of their homes. And the learning challenges are fun and exciting, too, taking schoolkids away from 'pure academics'. 

"Student wellbeing and engagement are at the core of our efforts at ADEK. With the current situation fuelling our commitment to ensure there are constant avenues of engagement for everybody within the Abu Dhabi education community, the Activity Platform has been designed as a one-stop resource for students to continue learning, innovating and staying active," said Amer Al Hammadi, undersecretary of Adek. 

Adek has teamed up with some of the UAE's leading edutainment vendors to create a platform that is packed with enrichment programmes, competitions, edutainment exercises, academic support, and physical and wellbeing challenges across four learning pillars: STEM and innovation; enrichment; arts, culture and languages; and physical education and wellbeing.

"There are also ample opportunities for students to connect with their peers in a number of the challenges requiring team collaboration," Al Hammadi added. 

Here are some of the activities that await you when you register at activityplatform.ae:

Can't get enough of science and tech? Check out some STEM challenges

Embark on a journey through coding by learning the basics or take your interest in robotics to the next level by conquering a series of challenges. You can also indulge your inner geek with science and engineering experiments you can do at home. 

Enjoy an in-depth cultural experience 

Why not explore some of the Capital's most iconic attractions? Experiences are augmented with hands-on creative activities which add three-dimensional learning to a digital discovery. Children may also read, reflect and explore ideas in more depth, with access to extensive digital libraries and storytelling experiences. Additionally, language skills can be honed with a range of courses for native and non-native English and Arabic speakers. The Arts, Language and Culture stream also includes music tutorials and poetry.

Get ready for university life

The platform also caters to students plotting their first steps towards higher education, with a range of webinars and university prep talks ensuring they are ready for the big leap into university. There is also a generous offering of admission preparation courses, including IELTS to SATS revisions, specialist subject tutoring and couching sessions for candidate interviews. Younger students can revise or refresh core subjects ensuring they are prepped for the coming academic year.

Keep on moving 

For energetic students eager to keep moving, the platform's Physical Education and Wellbeing stream features a whole host of challenges, from sports contests, to cooking competitions and physical activities children can do around the home or garden.

 

Staff Reporter





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