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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 02/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Emirates Foundation for Youth Development launched its 'Think Science Competition', an initiative aimed at discovering Emirati scientific talents by sparking interest in hands-on technology and providing young UAE nationals with opportunities to design and develop science-based innovations.

The competition, part of the foundation's Think Science programme announced this week during the Emirates Foundation Social Investment Forum, will expose the UAE youth to the latest scientific ideas and technology trends and encourage them to use these to solve practical problems.

The Emirates Foundation is an independent, philanthropic organisation set up by the Abu Dhabi government to create public-private partnerships aimed at improving the welfare of the nation's youth.

Students aged between 15 and 24 who are enrolled in a public and/or private school or universities are invited to enter the competition in teams of up to three individuals. Each team must include at least one Emirati national.

Online registration and proposal submission will be opened on October 7. Applications close on November 12.

Submitted projects should be in one of the following fields: chemistry/engineering (electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and materials); applied physics; transportation; energy; and environmental sciences.

Clare Woodcraft, CEO of the foundation, said, "We hope the competition acts as a platform for youth and industries to meet, network and work together to elevate and develop local talents." Maytha Al Habsi, chief programmes officer at the foundation, said, "This is the third year the foundation has held this competition. The project's pilot phase, between 2010 and 2011, included students in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Altogether 550 students participated with more than 150 innovative projects.

This success encouraged us to open up the project this year to students across the seven emirates of the UAE."Participants will showcase their innovative projects in the final Think Science exhibition, and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony in April 2013.

Successful entries will be rewarded with valuable prizes, exploration trips and scholarships to some of the UAE's universities.


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