The school will host Hassania Electro Day (HED) to innovate and reflect on future challenges in the field of electrical energy.
By Amal El Attaq
The Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP) will host the second Hassania Electro Day on March 30. Located in Casablanca, EHTP is one of the most popular graduate engineering schools in Morocco.
EHTP’s ElectroPower club will lead the event, which aims to answer questions from curious and passionate people about electricity. The club hopes also to innovate and reflect on the present and future challenges related to electrical energy.
“We aim to make all visitors understand the wide application of electricity; it is not just electrotechnics, but also programming and industry,” said Rachida Ounarain, president of the EHTP ElectroPower club.
EHTP was founded in 1971 by the Ministry of Public Works, to develop Moroccan professionals in sectors such as construction, water, information technology, electrical power, civil engineering, and meteorology.
Other than the ElectroPower club, the school has an Olympics club, a cultural club, a business forum, and others.
The club is planning a range of activities, such as stands, workshops, training, and the sharing of experiences led by engineers for students.
They will also host competitions and a conference under the theme “Electricity: The lifeblood of our modern world.” Ounarain stressed that electricity is a necessity in daily life.
“If you gave a task for 100 people to do, those people will take more than 10 days to finish it. However a machine can do the whole work in 24h. This is the power of electricity,” argued Ounarain.
The club aims to simplify concepts of embedded systems, electronics, and robotics because they believe that electricity faces many challenges today in Morocco.
“While preparing for this conference, we tried to make the theme more general, so as to be useful for all students, even those who are not engineering students,” Ounarain told Morocco World News.
The student related that the conference will focus on four main areas: medicine, astronomy, energy, and telecommunications.
One conference guest, Leila Sedki, will give a presentation about how electricity contributes to energy and how Ibn Khaldoun contributed to astronomy.
She stated that attendees are also going to meet startups and other companies to explain how electrical energy works.
Ounarain added that the club’s team are still contacting their previous partners to be present in this year’s exposition, such as Fablab and Nextronic.
“We are aiming to contact other companies and startups that are related to aeronautics, and still working in that,” said Ounarain.
The event’s first competition will be for students’ projects. The best projects, in terms of idea and technicality, will win a prize of MAD 500.
The second competition is called “Capture the Flag,” a hacking competition in which teams resolve enigmas to get a flag.
The student related that the club has not selected a prize for the competition yet, but she promised it would be greater than the first.
Regarding their future projects, she said that the club is working on another project called “the meeting,” which will match an engineering student with an engineer mentor who will try to share work experience and knowledge with the student.
At the first Hassania Electro Day last year, called “National Day of Electricity,” 150 persons attended.
According to Ounarain, last year’s theme was “connectivity and performance.” Several professors and engineers, such as Mohamed Elaaroussi, Benmir Fouad, Elbakri Mohamed, and Mohamed Reffadi, shared their expertise at the event.