The Emirati students were selected as part of the Think Science Ambassadors programme, which aims to provide Emirati youth with that critical spark by introducing youth to role models in the field, connecting them with mentors, and exposing youth to different extracurricular activities in science.
Held from 10-15 May, 2015, Intel ISEF is considered the world’s largest international pre-college science competition that annually provides a forum for more than 1,700 high school students for 70 countries, regions and territories to showcase their independent research.
Mohammed Al Shehi, a student at Applied Technology High School for Boys in Abu Dhabi, one of the youth who took part in the competition, said: “We are extremely honoured to have been selected to take part in Intel ISEF and represent our country. Our incredible experience in the competition is something we will never forget and we are delighted with what we have learned here.
Maryam Fuad Bukhash, a student from Al Ittihad Private School – Jumeira added “We hope that our participation will inspire others to take part in future events and show the world what the UAE’s best young scientists can do.”
The fair acts as a platform to connect youth with experts through motivational sessions that focus on key areas in education and innovation. The sessions allow participants to hear from scientist who have made careers out their passion. There were also 37 companies, organisations and institutes at the fair to offer career advice. The Fair also offers individual companies, academia and government institutions the opportunity to showcase their work and connect directly with UAE youth.