Recent Adventures

Gaetan’s quite the jet-setter and he’s certainly been living up to this reputation recently and travelling across much of the GCC region.

He’s had a busy few weeks which have seen him training presenters to deliver a flight-themed science show for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, performing at the Think Science Festival in Dubai, and visiting and mentoring the Energy Exhibit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He’s currently back in the London office and between catching up with emails and developing exciting new things, he’s going to be writing a blog about his adventures. Stay tuned…!

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TalentS|KCA at Think Science, Dubai

Next week the TalentS|KCA team are returning to Dubai for the annual Think Science Fair.

The three-day event in the heart of Dubai provides an opportunity for students to engage with industry professionals, learn about cutting-edge research, try hands-on demonstrations, and be inspired by large scale science shows.

Think Science aims to develop the science skills of young people in the UAE and connect them with the wider world of technology and industry, showcasing the wealth of opportunities open to them within the sector.

Gaetan and Khaled will be back at the show again this year, inspiring visitors with daily explosive and phenomena-based science shows during the fair. This year we have also developed a series of science busking activities and trained volunteers to present them throughout the event.

The show runs from the 18-20th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For further information see the poster below (it even features our very own Gaetan).

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Storytelling at the Etihad Museum

Last week Ant, Annie and Claire were in Dubai to continue our work with the Etihad Museum.

Ant worked with the Senior Management Team and provided mentorship for the newly opened Museum.

Claire has been developing Family and School Resources over the past few months and was in Dubai to go through some of the finishing touches for them and evaluation processes. It’s been a really exciting and creative project and we’re very much looking forward to being able to share more soon!

Annie was back in Dubai and working with the Museum’s guides once more, this time training them to deliver the elementary school program. The program takes the form of an interactive storytelling which tells the story of the unification of the United Arab Emirates and the Founding Fathers who made it possible.

Storytelling is integral to Emirati culture and the guides were very excited for the activity as an elementary school offer. They were very enthusiastic in training, adding personal touches into their delivery and learning how stories can effectively engage young visitors. More details about the elementary (and middle and high school) program coming soon..!

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Mishkat’s Director Joins NAMES Board

Mishkat’s Executive Director, Abdulaziz AlHegelan, is the newest Member of the NAMES Board of Directors.

Abdulaziz has worked for Mishkat four years and joined the team after completing his degree in Industrial Engineering. He was appointed Executive Director at the end of last year.

Mishkat is an active member of NAMES, the network for North African and Middle Eastern Science Museums and Centres. In October last year several Mishkat team members spoke at the biennial NAMES conference- read more about it here.

Congratulations on your appointment Abdulaziz, we look forward to seeing the continuing development of the relationship between the NAMES network, Mishkat and engaging science education in Saudi Arabia!

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Visits to the Science Museum

This week we went to the Science Museum in London to see the new Mathetmatics gallery. The gallery was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and explores how mathematics has shaped our world, from sailing to engineering, garden design and economics.

In the middle of the gallery hangs a Handley Page aircraft. When the plane was built in 1929 its design was experimental and unusual in using cutting edge aerodynamic research, an which remains important in mathematical research today. This mathematical research was used as inspiration for the gallery design, with the airflow around the plane visualised as enormous 3D curls suspended from the ceiling.

And of course no visit to the Science Museum is complete for us without attending a show. See Explainer Esther below wowing the audience with the science of fire and explosions during Flash! Bang! Wallop!

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Great reviews for the Etihad Museum

It’s three weeks since the Etihad Museum opened to the public and the Museum, and its staff, are receiving wonderful reviews. Here’s a selection from the Museum’s visitor book

The architecturally stunning museum is also providing fantastic photo opportunities, here’s a selection of visitors’ photos that were shared on Instagram with the #etihadmuseum hashtag.

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Training at the Etihad Museum

Over the past couple of months we’ve been working with the Etihad Museum in Dubai to deliver training for their senior management and visitor services teams. The new museum tells the story of the unification of the UAE in 1971, the road leading to it and progress the country has made since.

The training program saw several members of our London and Saudi teams travel to Dubai and work with the staff of this landmark destination.

A member of the visitor services team described the training, saying:

“It was one of a kind. In a way it was like the globe, because it contained everything we need from start to finish”

The Museum opens to the public on January 7th.

Read our blog for more information about the Museum.

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Prepare for Take-Off takes flight

Our aviation-themed show for lema?, an Abu Dhabi Education Council outreach program, is launched at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival.

For the past few month’s we’ve been developing Prepare for Take-Off, an aviation themed science show for the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s ‘lema?’ schools outreach program.

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Prepare for Take-Off was performed to its first audiences this week at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, a 9-day event in the heart of Abu Dhabi. The dual-language and -presenter show has gone down very well with audiences, with people of all ages enjoying the show’s comedy and live demonstrations of flight phenomena.

We’ve been training the show’s presenters over the past weeks,helping them develop into confident performers who are able to effectively manage the challenges that a live-science show can bring.

The presenters have become a tight-knit team in this time, resulting in an entertaining on-stage dynamic between the presenters that really brings the show to life. This presenter-led energy is infectious and audiences have been swept up in the show, eager to call out answers, repeat key phrases and enthusiastic to volunteer

After the festival finishes the show will become part of the regular school outreach program offered by lema?

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Maintaining the exhibits at King Salman Science Oasis

We are delighted to announce our team is now part of the King Salman Science Oasis (KSSO) story, having been awarded the role of facilitating the Exhibit Technology operational maintenance.

The King Salman Science Oasis Exhibit is an independently financed project supervised by Al Riyadh Development Authority. The aim behind the project is to support public education and dissemination of scientific culture in Saudi Arabian society. Our commission builds on our expertise in developing and operating hubs for learning and engagement in the region, including the award-winning Mishkat in Riyadh and the soon to be open Energy Exhibit in Al Khobar.

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Joe Martin talks creating learning experiences for children at GEM London

Our Interactive Exhibits lead Joe presented to museum and heritage leaders at the event ‘Museums at Play: How to create collections-inspired interactive play zones and exhibitions for children’, set in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. 

The speakers shared their top tips for developing playful, immersive experiences for children that use play as a tool to encourage children to explore, interpret and make connections to museum collections. Presentations were followed by a special opportunity to explore Ahoy!, National Maritime museum’s gallery for under 8’s designed by our London-based team.

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