Lema? Festival and School Science Shows | Outreach Program

Bringing science to life and inspiring students with high-energy science shows for the Lema? outreach programme in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Education Council’s Lema? program is an outreach initiative that interprets science, technology, engineering and math into fun and interactive workshops and shows. We have developed two high-energy shows, and trained local teams in Abu Dhabi to deliver exceptional performances in schools and festivals.

We first worked with the Lema? program in 2016 to develop Prepare for Take Off, an aviation-themed science show. The show is a theatrical spectacle that takes audiences on an immersive journey through the world of flight. The show was debuted at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival and performed as a dual language show in Arabic and English.

Following the success of Prepare for Take Off, we were commissioned to develop and produce a new science show themed around energy innovation and our future energy needs for Lema? The show, Energy Futures, was launched at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Science Festival and was seen by over 8,500 students in the first six weeks of its school tour.

Audience interaction, comedy and large-scale explosive demonstrations are hallmarks of both shows, providing memorable anchor points for audiences and bringing ideas, scientific principles and examples of innovation to life.

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Emirates Foundation | Think Science Fair 2017

 

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.”

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RobOlympics

RobOlympics sparks excitement and creativity in young minds, encouraging children to consider careers in science and technology. 

Powered by Saudi Aramco, we delivered a program designed to get children into robotics through construction and completion.

RobOlympics serves as a gateway to getting children excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. The program takes the form of a high-stakes event where participants compete in a robotic version of the Olympic games. Sports include football, gymnastics, weightlifting and martial arts championships.

The carefully designed format of the event, with competitions taking place hourly, means that children return again and again, wanting to add their scores or break an existing record.

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iRead

A flagship program for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, iRead gives young people the platform to inspire each other, presenting how particular books have made an impact on their lives.

The iRead program includes workshops, lectures and intensive training programs culminating in a national competition. Every element of the program is designed to develop communication skills and build confidence, enabling participants to present their ideas in a creative and powerful way.

The iRead program also celebrated photography, running a special competition that challenged professional photographers – both men and women – to communicate why reading matters.

iRead 2014 – Aramco

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Siemens Discovery Box

We worked with Saudi Aramco and technology giants Siemens to engage the youngest of students in science.

The project takes the form of an innovative training program, giving teachers the equipment and skills to run exciting activity sessions in their kindergartens and classrooms. So far, we have delivered 11,000 Discovery Boxes to the Ministry of Education. These boxes are packed with materials for 22 hands on experiments across different scientific topics including energy, the environment and health.

To date, 446 schools have been engaged through the training of 600 teachers, who use the Discovery Boxes as an inspiring learning resource. The program continues, aiming to train 2000 teachers across the Kingdom impacting 50,000 students across the Kingdom.

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iSpark

Launched in 2012 with an aim to reach 47,000 students, iSpark Mobile takes innovative, hands-on learning to schools across Saudi Arabia.

iSPARK Mobile is a Saudi Aramco initiative delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Tatweer. This outreach program is focused on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and engages 400 students each week. In each session students are presented with STEM based challenges and encouraged to imagine, experiment and work as a team.

We co-developed this program with the world-famous Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkley. The program is proving to have a deep impact on participants, with a Damman student saying, “After participating in iSpark, I know that I have a bright future ahead of me.”

iSpark Mobile Launch | 2014 | انطلاقة أتألق المدارس

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Mishkat Interactive Center

Under the auspices of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), Mishkat is dedicated to inspiring a new generation of Saudi Arabian innovators.

Through world-class exhibitions and programs, Mishkat equips young people with the knowledge, skills and motivation to help secure a bright energy future for our changing world.

To date, more than 90,000 children have visited the ground-breaking center in the heart of Riyadh, and many more have been reached through its travelling exhibitions and outreach programs.

Our team led the design, content and operational planning for this world-class initiative. We continue to lead an ever-developing team to deliver a transformational visitor experience, and work in partnership with international experts, local audiences and the scientific community to make learning an engaging and enjoyable experience for all.

The Making Of Mishkat – قصة معرض مشكاة التفاعلي

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