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Hundreds of Ras Al Khaimah students join sustainability challenge as part of IWAM scientific conference

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RAS AL KHAIMAH, 23rd February, 2023 (WAM) — Hundreds of students from across Ras Al Khaimah have participated in a challenge to devise innovative solutions to various sustainability issues to educate themselves on this important global topic.
The University of Bolton Academic Centre – Ras Al Khaimah designed the Ras Al Khaimah Innovation and Sustainability Challenge, in partnership with RAKEZ Academic Zone and RAK Education Zone (Ministry of Education). High school students from Grades 9 to 12 and university students from institutions across Ras Al Khaimah participated as teams to raise awareness of sustainability issues and engage young people’s minds to seek solutions to humanity’s global challenges.
Under the main theme “Sustainability through Innovation” and sub-themes of “Energy”, “Environment”, “Sustainability” and “Water Resources”, groups of up to four students were asked to submit entries across six categories, with the chance to win cash prizes. The categories were Poster Challenge, Project, Scientific Case Study, The Third Eye: Photography Contest, Colouring/Drawing Contest and Presentation. With three teams per category winning prizes, it amounts to 18 winning teams across the competitions.
The format was designed to encourage students to develop their capacity for independent research and enhance their range of intellectual inquiry, nurturing academic and scientific knowledge on the important theme of sustainability.
Winners were awarded prizes on the sidelines of the 14th International Workshop on Advanced Materials (IWAM), at the Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island.
In the university category, Team Falcons secured first position with their presentation on additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques and their impact on the construction industry. The first prize in the school’s category went to the Indian School RAK for their innovative project on harnessing the potential energy of flowing water in gutters to generate electricity.
Several other individual and team winners were also announced as students showcased their ideas in categories such as photography, case studies and poster sessions to some of the world’s top scientists.
Raj Nambiar, Campus Director at the University of Bolton Academic Centre – Ras Al Khaimah, said, “The University of Bolton Academic Centre – Ras Al Khaimah takes immense pride in its Engineering and Technology-related programmes. Students and staff have worked tirelessly over the past 15 years to further the cause of innovation and sustainability through research efforts, competitions and projects.
“The Ras Al Khaimah Innovation and Sustainability Challenge has seen significant success in participation and keen competition in its inaugural edition. The competition sparked students’ imagination on sustainability issues. For them to come to IWAM and discuss their ideas with scientists was an experience that may be defining for them when considering their future career paths.”
Dr. Steven Reissig, Chief Academic Zone Officer at RAKEZ Academic Zone, said, “RAKEZ Academic Zone is thrilled with the student engagement for this science competition. We thank the University of Bolton Academic Centre – Ras Al Khaimah for leading this initiative and the strategic partners from Stevin Rock, the IWAM Board and the Ministry of Education (RAK Education Zone). Students had the opportunity to deepen their insights and knowledge of the important topic of sustainability and work collaboratively in teams.
“Ras Al Khaimah is a keen supporter of science and continues to develop its education system holistically. It has been a productive challenge that we would certainly look to build on.”
Organised by the Ras Al Khaimah Centre for Advanced Materials, IWAM is a global forum for research and discovery in Advanced Materials.

Highlights of this year’s event included a session led by Professor Xiaodong Zou, a member of the Nobel Prize Committee member for Chemistry, from the University of Stockholm; and a talk from Andre Geim, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for the joint discovery of graphene.

Esraa Esmail/ Hazem Hussein


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