An extension of Emirates Foundation, the Think Science Fair 2016 held between April 17th and 19th had enthusiasts and scholars from all over the region exchanging ingenuous ideas, debating, and discussing thought-provoking scientific concepts. Managing Director of Think Science, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan inaugurated the Think Science Fair 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The highlight of this event was the participation and presentation of over 235 school and university projects. By encouraging the youth to cultivate their scientific side is one of the main aims of Think Science and according to Clare Woodcraft-Scott, the Chief Executive of Emirates Foundation, this event was meant to inspire students to branch into science-related fields such as technology, engineering, mathematics, and environment. The winners of all the presented projects will be announced on May 24th 2016.
Out of several ground-breaking projects, one brilliant project was presented by Abdullah Al Marzouki, Ahmad Al Zubaidi and Muabarak Al Siyad studying at Applied Technology High School (Boys). They presented ‘Clear My Way’, a project that enabled fog sensors to switch on while driving in the midst heavy fog. To be built-in on the roads, once the sensor comes in contact with fog, it sends a signal and turns on the LED lights on the street. This will help the driver to see better and clearer, especially if there is an oncoming vehicle. Of course it isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are challenges such as the programming of the circuits that relays the signal from the sensor to the street light. This innovation could obviously save many lives and enhance innovation in the region.
Compared to last year’s Think Science fair, this year saw a positive increase in the number of participating institutions. There was a 30% rise in the total number of projects. This proves that we are living in an economy of innovation that thrives on ideas and scientific research.