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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Louvre Abu Dhabi | Cultural Interpretation Services

For the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in November 2017, we recruited and trained 30 cultural guides to host and convey the stories told in this groundbreaking museum daily to schools, families and the public.

Our team were selected to handpick, prepare and develop a team of Mediators charged with delivering an extensive portfolio of educational activities. Building on our extensive experience of building audience-facing teams, we completed full recruitment and training services in just 12 weeks.

The Mediators are the face of the Louvre and embody the United Arab Emirates’ commitment to a flourishing arts and cultural sector. It was therefore critical to find the best possible candidates, blending both a background in art history and advanced communication skills.

Our recruitment scope included developing full role descriptions, a multi-platform recruitment drive focused on art-history practitioners, and activity-based group interviews designed to test the skills required for such a prestigious role. We sifted over 500 applications, with 117 candidates invited to interview. From this process, we selected a talented pool of 30 Mediators from Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and from across the world.

The comprehensive training program was developed in close collaboration with the Turner Contemporary and the Louvre experts based in Paris and Abu Dhabi, including Jean Francois Charnier, Scientific Director of Agence France-Muséums. Training delivery was a partnership between the Louvre and our experienced team who have trained at cultural institutions worldwide.

Training contents included:

  • Theories of museology, art history and learning in museums
  • Detailed knowledge building of the Museum’s development, iconic architecture and the artworks on display
  • Techniques to facilitate engagement with the Museum’s content, incorporating presentation skills, visitor management and overcoming barriers to learning.

At the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening events, our talented Mediators delivered tours to VIPs from around the world and received much praise from these significant individuals from iconic cultural organizations. We continue to mentor the Mediators as the Louvre Abu Dhabi shares its Universal message.

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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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Etihad Museum Dubai | Programs and Resources

Set on the site once known as Union House, the Etihad Museum tells the story of the formation of the United Arab Emirates, its Founding Fathers and the nation’s journey towards shaping a bright future.

We were selected by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to develop resources and programs for families, students and teachers visiting the new museum.

The Etihad Museum serves as a new educational facility in Dubai for families and schools and tells the story of the unification within a spectacular building on the historical site of the signing of the Union in 1971. The Museum is a rich resource for visitors showing historic objects, immersive films, interactive exhibits whilst informed staff tell the story of unification and explain its relevance to today’s generation.

The School Resources are presented as Student and Teachers Packs and help students and educators prepare for and structure their visits. Building on formal learning in the classroom, the content is aligned to the UAE curriculum and provides support for before, during and after the visit.

The Family Pack provides a tool for families to guide their own visit to the Museum. The fun and varied activities encourages every member of the family group to participate, creating memorable and engaging inter-generational experiences. The Family Pack takes families throughout the Museum, helping them explore the historic site, uncover surprising facts and discover hidden treasures. The launch of the different resources was covered in several Emirati press outlets as part of the International Museum Day, including WAM Emirates News Agency, Khaleej Times, Dubai Informer and Trade Arabia

We devised school programs for elementary, middle and high school students. The Elementary School Program is an interactive storytelling, featuring props and costumes to help young students learn about how the country came together. The Middle School Program transports students back to the first National Day in 1971, turning them into the journalists and using the Museum’s resources to report on the significant day. The High School Program engages older students to consider the social and cultural fabric of the country and consider their role as future shapers. Through exploration of the Museum’s galleries, they develop teamwork and presentation skills and pledge to become active citizens and members of their communities.

Learn more about the staff training we provided to the Etihad Museum here.

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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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