The customized minivan of Science Express, equipped with games and science kits for practical demonstrations and experiments, will start the 2010/2011 programme in early October, visiting more than 75 schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia.
The project, runs by the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and supported by JODCO, Total, and Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) will tour public and private schools around the country, challenging the perception that science is boring and old fashioned.
The van also moves from school to school on a daily basis carrying fuel cells onboard to demonstrate how car engines can function on alternative power along with other experiments.
Dr Abdullah Ismail Abdullah, Senior Adviser of the Foundation’s Science, Technology and Environment Programme, said the aim of the project was to fuel the students’ imagination and create a new generation of scientists keen to meet the demands of the UAE’s rapidly changing economy.
“Children in public schools often have limited access to good science facilities. By showing them early on that science can be fun, we hope to cultivate a genuine passion for science and technology, which they will take with them when they make career choices later in life,”
Dr Abdullah noted.
He emphasized, “According to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 plan, in the next 20 years there will be a massive demand for scientists and researchers in the aerospace and energy sectors, in areas of clean energy, oil and gas and nuclear. The UAE needs a new generation to grow up on different career options to respond to the different needs of the nation.”
The Science Express vans will visit more than 75 schools in Abu Dhabi (55), Al Ain (10) and Al Gharbia (10), engaging students from grade 4 to grade 12 in exciting experiments and colourful demonstrations. Younger students will be provided with science kits relevant to the scientific concepts covered in their curriculums.
The programme, launched in April 2009, has already impacted 4,350 students in 39 schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Hiroshi Fujii from Japan’s JODCO in Abu Dhabi said the Japanese company was honoured to be able to support and assist such a crucial educational programme, “Using interesting and imaginative methods of teaching science to students, the Science Express project will benefit a vast number of Emirati children of all grades and levels in schools throughout the UAE.”
Dr. Louai Machhour, Business & Capabilities Development Manager for Total in the UAE, commented: “As part of ongoing efforts to promote education in host countries, Total is involved in assisting young UAE nationals to acquire the skills and technical knowledge needed for their future careers.
He added, “There is an ever-growing need in the business world globally for talented scientists to develop new ideas and products. More children need to be excited by science at a young age if they are going to consider science as a career. This project will make it possible for everyone to see science in action. As part of the Science Express programme, Total is lending its full support to this project.”
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