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!



إنقاذ جول

أطلقت مشكاة تطبيقها الأول للهواتف الذكية لعبة “ إنقاذ جول ”

اقتباسًا من الفيلم التعليمي “ إنقاذ جول ” الحائز على الميدالية البرونزية في مهرجان نيويورك للتلفزيون والأفلام. يعرض الفلم وبشكل حصري في معرض مشكاة التفاعلي في مدينة الرياض. والذي يمزج المتعة بالتعلم، حيث يحكي قصة الروبوت “ إنقاذ جول ” الذي فرغت بطارية مركبتة الفضائية، فاضطر للهبوط على كوكب الكائن الفضائي اللطيف ”إيتا“ التي ساعدته على إعادة شحن بطارية مركبته الفضائية بمصادر مختلفة من الطاقة البديلة.

لعبة “ إنقاذ جول ” تقوم فيها بمساعدة الروبوت جول، والخوض في مغامرات شيقة لشحن مركبتك الفضائية بالطاقة لتنقذ أصدقائك.

حمل التطبيق وتعرف على اللعبة وابدأ مغامراتك مع جول !


هل تعلم أنك تستطيع رؤية الماضي ؟

أترى النجوم ؟ ماذا لو قلت لك بأن كل ماتراه هو غير موجود منذ ملايين السنيين.. فالنجوم التي نشاهدها في السماء لا نعلم أهي موجودة أم لا؟ ففي ليلة حالكة السواد وفي مكان مفتوح، يمكنك رؤية النجوم لكن كل ماتراه الآن هو ماضيها.

فالضوء لا ينتقل لحظيا، بل يحتاج لبعض الوقت للوصول لنا. فالنجوم من ملايين السنين تنفجر وتموت وتتحول إلى ثقوب سوداء ولكن الضوء المنبعث من انفجارها يصل إلينا بعد مدة طويلة جدًا، أي مانراه صورة من ماضي النجوم وليست صورة مباشرة.

Milky Way. Night sky and silhouette of a standing man

فهناك عاملين يتحكما في الرؤية، الأول هو بُعد الجسم المرئي عن العين، والثاني هو سرعة نقل الإشارة وإدراكها داخل المخ. فعند النظر لنجم يبعد عن الأرض 100 سنة ضوئية مثلا، نرى الضوء الذي خرج منه منذ 100 عام، أي أننا نرى الماضي نسبة إلى لحظة رؤيته وإدراكنا له. فمثلًا الشمس التي ننظر إليها يوميا لا نراها في الوقت الحقيقي فأشعة الشمس لا تصل إلينا إلا بعد 8 دقائق من انبعاثها نحو الأرض.

فعند رصد علماء الفلك لأي حدث كوني كانفجار نجمي أو نشأة نجم جديد أو مجموعة شمسية جديدة، فإن هذا الحدث يكون قد تم بالفعل في الماضي حسب بُعد هذا الحدث عن كوكب الأرض.

إننا نرى الماضي سواء كان مقدرًا بجزء من الألف من الثانية أو حتى بملايين السنين الضوئية، لكننا لن نستطيع رؤية ما فاتنا رؤيته لحظة وقوعه. وربما نتمكن من هذا لو استطاع الإنسان اختراع آلة الزمن الخيالية، وتمكن من السفر بنفسه ليعيش ذلك الماضي.



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.


Saudi Pavilion at EXPO 2017

EXPO 2017 will be held in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan. Opening in June the Expo is themed ‘future energy’, hoping to create a global debate between countries, NGOs, businesses and the public on the crucial question: “how do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2emissions?”

We are delighted to announce that TalentS|KCA are developing the Saudi Arabia pavilion for the event. The space will take visitors on a journey which explores the Kingdom’s commitment to future energies and will feature interactive elements, including a blockbuster audiovisual show.



Opening the doors to the Etihad Museum

Over the weekend the Etihad Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. Initiated as a project four years ago, the Museum commemorates the union of the United Arab Emirates.

Located on the site of the historic Union House where the union agreement was first signed in 1971, the Museum tells stories about the day of the union, the events leading to it and achievements of the country since.

The Museum’s opening has been noted in press around the world. The Times UK described the building’s architecture as “futuristic and impressive” and the UAE’s The National interviewed many of the Museum’s first visitors: a 27 year old Emirati telling them, “We take it for granted how the UAE is the way it is today, so this museum helped me to see how much work and history there was behind the formation of the nation.

TimeOut Dubai called the Museum “amazing” and noted some of the attractions on offer: “an interactive pre-union panoramic map, a section on the founding rulers of the UAE a gallery of old photos and historic artefacts, a library with 300 titles, temporary exhibits, seminars and plenty more.”

Speaking at the first Cabinet meeting of 2017 in Union House, Sheikh Mohammed expressed pride in the Museum, saying “Four years ago in this place, we issued directives to commemorate the union and its makers. Today, we have a reliable historical reference.” He called upon ministers and the public to visit the site, emphasising the importance of schools students visiting the Museum “to learn about the journey of the founding fathers and the creation of the UAE.”


Image taken from the Khaleej Times 


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.


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.


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?



Prepare for Take-Off prepares for take-off

Last week Gaetan and Abdulaziz travelled to Abu Dhabi to pilot our new aviation-themed show, Prepare for Take-Off, for the Lema? program.

Prepare for Take-Off features high energy demonstrations and will be presented as a dual-language show in Arabic and English.

During their trip, Gaetan and Abdulaziz took the show a School in Abu Dhabi and performed it to students in grades 5 and 6. The show and was well received, with students particularly enjoying its physical comedy.

Gaetan said, “It was really beneficial to test the show with real audiences.It really helps us in putting the final touches to the show. Both of us are really looking forward to unveiling and training the presenters for the show fully in a few weeks’ time.”

Prepare for Take-Off will be fully unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival this November.










Helping students in Abu Dhabi ‘Prepare for Take-Off’

We’re excited to announce that we have developed ‘Prepare for take-off’, a new 45-minute aviation themed show, for the lema? programme in Abu Dhabi.

Lema? (meaning why in Arabic) is a highly commended schools program run by the Abu Dhabi Technology and Science Committee. The program engages students in grade 3 and above with STEM subjects through fun and exciting interactive workshops and shows.

‘Prepare for take-off’ is a theatrical spectacle which takes the audience on an immersive journey through the world of flight. Using high energy demonstrations, the show covers the principles of flight, forces and pressure, and modern aircraft to inspire its young audience to consider a career in the aviation industry.

The show will be unveiled to audiences at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November.

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