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Sixteen young Emirati scientists to represent the UAE at an international science and engineering fair
May 11, 2014 1:07 by kippreport
Sixteen young Emirati scientists have been selected to showcase their scientific innovations at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which is an international pre-college science competition that will take place from May 11 to 16 in Los Angeles.
Renowned industry and academia experts selected the 16 young scientists during the Emirates Foundation Think Science Competition last month.
Maytha Al Habsi, chief orogrammes officer at the Emirates Foundation, says: “The path to a sustainable future for the UAE lies in the power of the talented youth. As role models, they are empowered to encourage further exploration and the development of knowledge, analytical thinking and skills among their peers, as they co-operate to solve local and global technological issues.”
The competietion provides an annual platform for more than 1,700 high school students from 70-plus countries to showcase their independent research. They are sourced from millions of students worldwide that compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs each year. Winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win an opportunity to attend the Intel ISEF. More than $4 million in awards will be dispersed to the winners across the different categories.
According to a statement by the competition organisers, the awards are based on students’ abilities to tackle challenging scientific questions, use authentic research practices and create solutions for the problems of tomorrow. Doctoral scientists will review and judge their works.
The Think Science Ambassadors Project is one of three projects under the Emirates Foundation’s Think Science Programme, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and Chairman of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development.
The Emirates Foundation is funded through contributions from the Abu Dhabi government and private sector companies.