The Fair, the culmination of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development’s 2013 “Think Science” competition, will showcase 165 proposals selected from hundreds of entries put forward by young Emirati science students from universities and schools across the country.
The Think Science Fair held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan UAE minister of Foreign Affairs, will be held in Dubai’s World Trade Center April 21 to 23, when winners will be announced.
“We have received brilliant projects which mirror the brilliant brains our youth across the country,” Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programmes Officer at Emirates Foundation said.
“What makes this year’s entries different is that most of them respond creatively to the needs of their surrounding community and environment. At the Emirates Foundation we are mandated to support these talents and develop then.”
Proposals for 2013 were grouped under ten categories. School entries will compete in the areas of: Applied Physics; Applied Chemistry; Electrical & Electronics System; Energy, Environmental Sciences & Management; Mechanical & Industrial Systems; Intelligent & Safety Systems; and Transportation Systems. Universities applicants are under two categories: Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The competition held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council and with the support of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority and Siemens LLC, is part of the Emirates Foundation’s “Think Science” Programme, launched in October, 2012 to inspire, encourage, and empower Emirati youth, between the age of 15 and 24 years, to choose science for their studies and career path.
The programme is a three-pronged approach to help young Emiratis reach their fullest potential and respond to the nation’s demand for science talents.
Other projects in the programme include “Think Science” Ambassadors, which helps youth develop their knowledge and analytical thinking while solving local and global technological challenges.
And, “Think Science Connect”, providing an interactive platform connecting youth interested in science with representatives from science-related industries, creating a database of “Emirati science talents” accessible to relevant key stakeholders.
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