The Think Science Fair is a three-day event in the heart of Dubai, providing an opportunity for students to engage with industry professionals, present their own research projects, learn about cutting-edge research, and be inspired by science shows and presentations.
Following the success of our 2016 show, we were invited back by the Emirates Foundation, who organise the Fair, to develop and deliver a new action-packed science show. Our show for 2017 looked at the science of everyday phenomena and aimed to inspire students to pursue a career in STEM based subjects through audience participation, theatrical spectacle and some custard-based explosive demonstrations!
This year we also developed a series of science busking activities that were delivered at special stations around the fair. We worked with a group of young Emirati Think Science ambassadors before the event, training them to perform the demonstrations and developing their presentation skills and confidence in engaging the public.
Feedback from the ambassadors showed they really enjoyed our training and the experience as a whole. They described training as “supportive” and particularly valued learning “how to effectively engage audiences”, “remain calm should an experiment not initially work”, and develop their “confidence” and “self-reliance”.
They all recommended the experience of being ambassadors and delivering science busking activities, with one saying, “It was a great experience. I learned what I could not learn in school.”