Think Science competition aims to inspire Emirati youths to innovate

The Emirates Foundation competition aims to encourage and empower Emiratis to design, develop and build science-based innovations and apply scientific skills to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges.
In its fifth edition, Think Science competition aims to encourage and empower Emiratis between the ages of 15 and 35 to design, develop and build science-based innovations and apply scientific skills to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges. Courtesy Emirates Foundation
In its fifth edition, Think Science competition aims to encourage and empower Emiratis between the ages of 15 and 35 to design, develop and build science-based innovations and apply scientific skills to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges. Courtesy Emirates Foundation

DUBAI // Hundreds of Emirati youths from schools and universities across the nation will be tasked with fulfilling the nation’s science, technology and innovation goals in a competition called Think Science.

In its fifth edition, the Emirates Foundation competition aims to encourage and empower Emiratis between the ages of 15 and 35 to design, develop and build science-based innovations and apply scientific skills to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges.

Maytha Al Habsi, deputy CEO at the Emirates Foundation, said “With the development of the Think Science programme, year on year, our leadership has set the foundation for us as well to think beyond and encourage our partners in the business world to invest in our youth, the future of the nation, and their endeavours towards building a robust knowledge and innovation economy.”

Youths will compete during a three-day fair and showcase their innovations in one of the biggest events of its kind in the region, which has previously attracted 14,000 people.

Since its inception, the Think Science programme has engaged with 2,140 youth, of which 706 have now become Think Science ambassadors and 76 have become partners, who have actively contributed to the programme by participating in its annual connect platform.

The programme is supported by the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council and is under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and chairman of Emirates Foundation.

Online registration for the competition is now open and entrants can upload their proposals on www.emiratesfoundation.ae/thinkscience.

The deadline for entries is October 31 and the winning projects will be announced in a ceremony in May 2017.

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Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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