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80 kid scientists to present projects at UAE innovation fest

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on January 21, 2020 | Last updated on January 21, 2020 at 05.15 am
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Twenty signature innovations will also be showcased at the Abu Dhabi Corniche during the event.

More than 80 young innovators will present their projects when the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) returns for its 10th edition from January 30 to February 8.

Twenty signature innovations will also be showcased at the Abu Dhabi Corniche during the event.

As many as 27,000 students will participate and 120,000 visitors are expected to attend, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) - the festival's organiser - said on Monday.

One of the biggest events of its kind in the region, the ADSF brings exciting educational activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics for both children and adults.

Just like previous editions, it will be held at Al Bahar, Abu Dhabi Corniche; Al Jahili Park in Al Ain; and City Mall in Al Dhafra.

Honing the next generation

"For over 10 years now, we are proud to be organising the ADSF, a strategic initiative of Adek that is in accordance with the Abu Dhabi plan, the UAE's National Innovation Strategy, and the UAE Centennial 2071," Amer Al Hammadi, acting undersecretary at Adek, said at the launch of the festival's 10th edition.

"This year, the UAE celebrates '2020: Towards the next 50', and Adek is looking forward to organising this annual initiative that contributes to developing human capital in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

"It introduces these interesting fields to children and the public in an interactive way, encouraging the nation's youth to expand their learning horizons," he added.

The fest also falls in line with the UAE's strategy to prepare a new generation of talents as it transitions into a competitive knowledge-based economy, Al Hammadi said.

The expected student turnout of 27,0000 from 300 schools across the emirate marks an increase from the 21,000 student participants in 2019, officials said.

A total of 75 workshops - including those for fashion, arts, and science- will be organised in Abu Dhabi city, and over 19,440 students are set to take part. There will also be sessions for people of determination. At Al Jahili Park in Al Ain, 8,280 students will be participating in 20 interactive workshops, while 1,440 students will take part in five sessions at Al Dhafra City Mall.

Ismail Sebugwaawo

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