Oman Science Festival kicks off

MUSCAT: The first Oman Science Festival began at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was inaugurated by Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Advisor at SQU. Organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the festival is part of SQU’s efforts aimed at providing outstanding students with opportunities for innovation and creativity, highlighting the university’s role as a think-tank in various fields including medicine by organising a lecture about clinical skills for school students at the skills lab in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The lecture was delivered by a number of experts in the field.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department organised workshops on patents database with a view of highlighting the university’s role in science, mathematics, engineering and innovation. The festival will continue till October 28 in all governorates of the Sultanate. The second phase, from October 26 to 28, will see 300 activities taking place at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. Backed by the private sector, it focuses on four main fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

An accompanying exhibition will have stalls displaying recent inventions by Omanis and residents. It will have robots and programming corners. Dr Zuwaina al Maskari, Director-General of Educational Evaluation and Deputy chairperson of the festival main committee, said: “The festival aims at improving the general awareness of the public, students and especially young people. It aims at making students and members of society have continuous access to science through ways that encourage them to understand the importance of science. The festival seeks to provide knowledge, experience and innovation among school and college students teachers, academics, experts and researchers.