Live Science — the joint initiative of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) — came to a successful close this week at Mushrif Central Park in Abu Dhabi. Over the course of its five-week run, Live Science attracted over 31,000 visitors who experienced the transformative innovations on display and a series of educational workshops.
During the event, students had the opportunity explore the world of aerospace, science and technology through its enthralling exhibition and interactive workshops. Boeing’s Above and Beyond interactive science exhibition presented a wide array of technologically advanced displays including the supersonic fighter-jet virtual competition and aircraft simulation among many others. It gave visitors an opportunity to experience the edge of space in a simulated space elevator, design and test their own supersonic fighter-jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition, visit an immersive theatre, and learn about inspiring stories, in addition to aircraft and spacecraft simulations from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space.
The exhibition commemorated Boeing’s 100th anniversary in 2016, and was developed in collaboration with NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, along with leading experts and institutions from around the world.
Simultaneously, the “lema?” workshops, organised by Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) and held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, wife of the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, offered students an informal science education program. Through the workshops, visitors learnt more about the wonders of science including soundwaves through time and the mechanism of robotics.
The programme took an informal approach to science education, and comprises a combination of interactive workshops and shows designed to engage children in different grades. The programme followed global best practices in the methods applied to stimulate interest in science and technology amongst the youth. This was achieved through demonstrating exciting scientific experiences and creating significant lasting memories for students. The aim was to instill a passion for science, and ultimately to inspire youth to pursue education and careers in related fields.
‘lema?’ workshops created an environment of practical hands-on learning, bringing to life and simplifying science. It catered to grades three to five with the Radio Studio workshops, which allow students to record and transmit their very own radio broadcast into space.
Live Science was co-sponsored by the Nebras Al Ain Aerospace Park, a multi-faceted 25 km² joint development project by Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator.