The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2015) has seen several models of scientific innovations through educational and training workshops and exciting events for children of different ages during the past days.
The festival invited leading scientific institutions, professional specialists, experts, researchers and scientists, to put their expertise in the hands of children using simple and easy methods. It also gave creative school students the opportunity to demonstrate scientific presentations, based on their own ideas, to their peers.
Among the series of scientific events was the “Robot Reader” workshop, where a crew of programmers from Alitqan American School worked on the programming of a robot that can “read” colours through a light sensor by placing colorful plastic pieces in mathematical sequences. As a result, the eco-friendly robot can identify and pronounce the name of the colour and also categorize each colour separately in different cups, as well as track their lines in black and white.
Speaking about this exciting experiment, Dr. Roble, project supervisor, said: “I have selected promising students from grades 6 and 7, who themselves bought Lego pieces from a leading electronic company and then assembled the Lego pieces together to form the robot. It took them over 3 months, during which they conducted several experiments to achieve this successful outcome. They are here today to share and explain their scientific experiences to children and be role models and encourage their peers to follow suit.”
Student and team leader Mohammed Ezzeddin expressed great pleasure and enthusiasm, saying: “I am extremely happy to showcase our experiment experience at this festival, which has offered us a chance to meet other children from various schools and present the exciting robot project, which my schoolmates and I designed together.” He added: “The idea revolves around a robot that can read colours and classify any piece inside according to its colour, fitting with the reading Festival’s goal of knowledge and education, also bearing in mind the importance of protecting the environment because the robot generates energy from the air, with no pollution, thus promoting a healthy green community.”
This project is not the first initiative of its kind to attract young scientists to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. Previous editions saw the presentation of several scientific campaigns in keeping with the festival’s approach to keep adding new activities. The latest update in this year’s edition provides more room for scientific research through workshops, events, and appealing competitions.