Stu­dents in­no­vate to make life bet­ter


Gulf News - - Front Page - DUBAI BY FAISAL MASUDI Staff Re­porter

Hun­dreds of projects by stu­dents of­fer­ing so­lu­tions to ev­ery­day prob­lems as well as tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions went on show at the sixth an­nual Think Sci­ence Fair in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The top high school and univer­sity projects will be awarded on Wed­nes­day, the third and fi­nal day of the fair, be­ing held at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre by Emi­rates Foun­da­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Abu Dhabi Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Knowl­edge.

A to­tal of 17 prizes will be awarded to stu­dents in 13 sci­ence cat­e­gories.

The fair is said to be the big­gest event of its kind in the re­gion, at­tract­ing more than 17,000 vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing stu­dents and teach­ers, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials, and cor­po­rate lead­ers.

The event is held un­der the pa­tron­age of Shaikh Ab­dul­lah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, who is also chair­man of Emi­rates Foun­da­tion.

This year, around 680 stu­dents are show­cas­ing 240 projects, some of which are be­ing ‘in­cu­bated’ by pub­lic and pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments. The fair’s lat­est edi­tion has a ‘Fu­ture Sci­ence En­trepreneurs Plat­form’ where suc­cess­ful ‘Think Sci­ence Am­bas­sadors’ show­case their projects to pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies to ex­plore in­vest­ment and in­cu­ba­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lec­tures, work­shops

There are also lec­tures and work­shops by in­dus­try lead­ers, in ad­di­tional to sci­ence shows and ac­tiv­i­ties. High­lights from the fair this year in­clude talks by Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Direc­torGen­eral, Smart Dubai Of­fice; Omar Sul­tan Al Olama, Min­is­ter of State for Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence; and Dr Thani Al Zey­oudi, Min­is­ter of Cli­mate Change and En­vi­ron­ment. A cen­tral aim of the fair is to en­cour­age youth to pur­sue Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM) de­grees and ca­reers, which the UAE gov­ern­ment has set as high pri­or­ity.

Shaikh Sul­tan Bin Tah­noun Al Nahyan, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Emi­rates Foun­da­tion, said: “As we em­bark on an­other suc­cess­ful year of Think Sci­ence, we recog­nise the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing our youth’s po­ten­tial and am­bi­tions with the cap­i­tal, in­vest­ment and knowl­edge shar­ing that will en­able them to suc­ceed while al­low­ing our na­tion’s sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to flour­ish. In par­tic­u­lar, what’s re­quired is more in­vest­ment in Re­search & De­vel­op­ment, early stage in­cu­ba­tion and fund­ing as well as men­tor­ship and this is our main fo­cus for the next phase of Think Sci­ence Pro­gramme.”

Speak­ing at the fair, Maitha Al Habsi, CEO of Emi­rates Foun­da­tion, said: “Sci­ence is at the heart of build­ing a knowl­edge-based econ­omy and at Emi­rates Foun­da­tion, we re­main com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing on the na­tional agenda for sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. Through our Think Sci­ence Pro­gramme, we aim to fos­ter sus­tain­able in­no­va­tion based on sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, in an at­tempt to em­power the youth to build and drive the UAE’s econ­omy to­wards sus­tain­able progress and de­vel­op­ment.”

Pic­tures: Atiq ur Rehman/Gulf News

A cap­sule en­doscopy made by Khal­ifa Univer­sity stu­dents on dis­play at the Think Sci­ence Fair in Dubai yes­ter­day.

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