United Arab Emirates: Top 3 winners of science and innovation competition win up to MAD 32,000 in prizes – News

With a focus on high school students, the competition aims to empower self-defining social innovators to grow businesses and showcase solutions

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Posted: Sun Feb 19 2023, 14:37

More than 500 students from 42 schools in the United Arab Emirates participated in the science and innovation competition organized by Abu Dhabi University (ADU).

The top three winners of the contest received trophies and cash prizes of up to Dhs 32,000.

ADU said it has concluded the first edition of its Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) competition in conjunction with UAE Innovation Month.

With a focus on high school students, the competition aims to empower self-defined social innovators from various academic disciplines to grow businesses and showcase solutions beyond traditional business development methodologies. The competition introduced students to real-world STEAM questions in areas such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Through this event, ADU aims to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEAM fields and inspire them to continue learning and innovating.

Prof. Ghassan Aouad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University (ADU), said, “The STEAM educational approach is one of the most powerful factors shaping the university landscape today. It’s exciting to hear that high school students crave to engage in innovative learning activities outside of the typical classroom, and that’s what ADU’s STEAM competition is all about. »

“In line with the university’s efforts to promote youth development and educational opportunities, in this edition of the competition we have taken up the challenge to include the arts as a key part of student-designed solutions. similar activations, we seek to introduce potential students with an early dive into the world of higher education and best prepare them for the next stage of their academic journey. We congratulate the winners for the innovative mechanisms featured in their solutions and all participants for investing the time and effort that will produce ample returns.”

Segmented into groups of three, a total of four schools reached the final stage where teams competed on the final day to build a bridge using an app. Rewarded first, Al Jahili public school received a certificate and a monetary prize of 15,000 Dh for its exceptional performance. In second place, Al Ain Juniors School was awarded Dh10,000 and in third place, Al Dar Private School was awarded Dh7,000.

Sponsored by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the Abu Dhabi University STEM competition was launched in 2018-2019 to foster innovative learning among school and university students and equip them with a set of diversified skills that meet the growing demands of the career market.

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