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How having a Growth Mindset helped the UAE to accomplish the UAE Hope Probe Mission to Mars.

The UAE created history this week when it became the first Arab country and the fifth in the world to put a probe on Mars.

The Mission in Numbers:

•  493 Million KM
•  121,000 CKM/HR
•  200 Emirati engineers
•  200 New technical designs
•  100 Emirati team with 34% women
•  66 Components made in the UAE
•  87 Scientific presentations published in international conferences
•  60,000 Young people and teachers in outreach programme
•  6 years of work (as opposed to usual 10-year development time)

These numbers demonstrate that the team behind the Hope Probe mission have inspirational attitudes towards innovation, risk and ambition. They believed that mistakes are an essential part of learning but more importantly, they believed in themselves and achieving their goal – they had growth mindsets, NOT fixed mindsets.

So, what is Growth vs Fixed Mindset?

Growth Mindset

Those with growth mindsets embrace challenges, persist through obstacles, learn from criticism, and are inspired by the success of others. With the growth mindset, we can acknowledge our failures and find inspiration to keep improving.

Fixed Mindset

Those with a fixed mindset are more likely to avoid learning situations because they're a direct challenge to the ego. With the stakes of success and failure dramatically heightened by the ego's drive to protect itself, attending a class, for example, becomes less about learning and more about looking for an opportunity to show that they already know all the answers. Someone with a fixed mindset is more likely to avoid challenges, give up easily and see little point in making effort toward a goal.
Carol Dweck - Growth Mindset

Two Mindsets by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
Graphics by Ellice Yarrow

Engineers from the UAE’s Hope Probe team admitted that several missions in the past have failed, which subsequently gave them the opportunity to take away valuable lessons and use their learnings to innovate and mitigate the project, allowing them to overcome challenges to achieve their mission.

Leading the science mission as deputy project manager was Sarah Al Amiri, a computer engineer and also the country’s first Minister of State for Advanced Sciences who recognises the crucial part that growth mindset played in the Hope Probe Mars Mission.

Sarah Al Amiri | Hope Probe Mission
Image Source: @KhaleejTimes

"Space was a sector that we never dared to dream, growing up. This is my story and the story of 200 other people working on this mission. But it's the story of the transformation of an entire nation. In 1971, humanity landed the first object on Mars. It is with this mindset of growth, unity, that has spurred the mission to reach this point today. There have been 450 souls working collaboratively on this mission to ensure that the mission arrives on time to the destination. For us, this mission is about the next 50 years, deeply rooted in science, creativity and innovation."
Sarah Al Amiri - Minister of State for Advanced Technology

The Hope Probe has 'changed mindsets' in the region, there’s no doubt that continuing to foster a Growth Mindset culture throughout all future projects, across all industries in the UAE will lead to many more ‘mission accomplished’ moments.


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The team behind the hope probe:
Sarah Al Amiri quote & Mission in numbers:
Fixed Mindset: Forbes

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