Saudi Pavilion included in the top 10 most-visited at Expo

Today marks 10 days since Expo 2017 opened. Hosted in Astana, Kazakhstan and themed around Future Energy, the event brings together country’s from around the world to address the possibilities of future energy and promote viable and sustainable action plans.

We designed, developed and are operating the Saudi Pavilion for the event. The Pavilion tells the story of Saudi Arabia’s transformation to becoming the Kingdom of Sustainable Energy.

There are 115 countries and 22 international organizations participating at Expo. With so much to see and do, we’re especially thrilled that the Saudi pavilion was one of the top 10 most-visited pavilions during Expo’s opening week!

Our wonderful guides have been incredible in welcoming visitors to the Pavilion and extending the hand of friendship to other country’s. And what’s more, our Saudi representative Omar has been interviewed on Kazakh television!

It’s been an incredibly exciting first 10 days welcoming over 30,000 visitors. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of Expo has in store!

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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…!


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).



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!


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.


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