Shell this week applauded the increased adoption of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) degrees, at the Emirates Foundation Think Science Fair inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed in Dubai’s World Trade Centre.
Andrew Vaughan, Vice President Abu Dhabi and Kuwait and Country Chair Abu Dhabi highlighted the value of a science education and the far-reaching impact of this field on economic development in his keynote entitled “What is Behind Studying Science”.
“Shell is proud to partner with Emirates Foundation on this important Fair that builds awareness for and encourages youth to pursue science and innovation. Science is at the heart of economic and social progress; it develops great minds, builds communities and transforms nations. Science is vital for our future and for that of our children.” said Andrew Vaughan.
Held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, Think Science is one of the biggest events of its kind in the region attracting thousands of schools and university students, parents, academics, investors and private sector representatives to a platform which provides the youth with the opportunity to develop their knowledge in the field of Science and Technology and pursue their passions in the search of solutions that tackle real world problems.
Addressing students and recent graduates, Vaughan continued: “As the future leaders of the country, embarking on science and technology today will enable you to forge a fundamental path to a sustainable tomorrow. There are unlimited opportunities to make a difference through science in the UAE. And what better time to embrace science and technology than this year, which has been officially declared the Year of Innovation.”
Shell’s partnership with the Emirates Foundation, which is in line with its social investment vision, began when the foundation was first established. Over the years, Shell has been an active partner, playing an important role in supporting the foundation’s initiatives to support the UAE towards fulfilling its vision 2021 towards a knowledge-based economy. Through their strategic alliance, Shell and Emirates Foundation are working together to share knowledge, expertise, models and networks to improve social impact as well as to help promote venture philanthropy for the youth of the UAE and the Middle East.
Shell is actively fostering youth innovation in the UAE, through this partnership as well as its technical support of UAE universities participating in the Shell Eco-Marathon, a global competition that challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles.
Two UAE universities competed in the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon Asia competition. At Shell’s state of the art stand at the fair, UAE youth had the opportunity to test their knowledge and skill through a quiz and simulators. Shell’s stand provided these students with a platform through which they learned more about Shell’s World Class innovations in technology.
Think Science is a platform for UAE youth to develop their knowledge in the field of Science and Technology and to help them pursue their curiosity/passion in investigating solutions that tackle real world problems. Shell stand provides an opportunity and a platform to connect with students and educate them about World Class Technology at Shell.
More than 600 young UAE science students aged between 15 and 24 from public and private schools and universities exhibited their scientific inventions and take part in a “Think Science” Competition, which was attended by high level officials, in addition to science academics and professionals from across the country and judged by a panel of industry experts including Basil Elzein, Technical Services Manager at Shell MENA.
The Fair also features a range of interactive, hands-on activities in various fields of engineering, energy, aviation and other technological industries.