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Students flock to science festival


The third day of the Oman Science Festival was filled with many events, programmes and competitions. The discussion sessions witnessed huge turnout of students from public and private schools, university students, institutes and technical and military colleges and those interested in science and innovation from the local community. On Thursday, OSF will host a discussion on climate change and its impact.

Students of Asilah Bint Qais School for Basic Education, one of the UNESCO-affiliated schools from the Governorate of Muscat, presented a musical operetta to promote the Green Schools initiative, titled: “A working Hand and Lasting Development.” The operetta also included a show of the “Cultivate and Learn" project, with the aim of clarifying the three fields of the project, and the school's waste recycling project.

The festival was visited by many dignitaries and officials including His Highness Sayyid Azzan bin Qais al Said, Honorary President of the Omani Astronomical Society, Christian Bronmeier, Ambassador of Austria to Oman, and Professor Nada Kakabadse from the Royal Academy.

Sultan Qaboos University, represented by the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer, presented a workshop entitled "Introducing Intellectual Property." The workshop discussed the basics of intellectual property and introduced its types and presented its history.

On the education corner, Ghanem al Saadi, Senior Specialist of Innovation, said: “This corner contains 20 activities, with the participation of various parties, including ministries, institutions and associations, in addition to universities and government and private colleges. All activities are interactive and meet the needs of all age groups.”

On the Energy Corner, Khalid al Aufi, Senior Specialist of Scientific Innovation in the Department of Innovation and Olympiad, said: “The corner consists of 16 various activities that represent the types of energies, their forms and transformations, and the devices on which the types of energies work, with the participation of many government and private engineering and educational agencies, and academies specialised in renewable energies such as kinetic, solar and hydrogen energy, and environmentally friendly homes. The corner includes technical solutions to overcome challenges facing solar energy, such as the robot that cleans solar cells. The corner targets those interested and specialists in renewable energies. The visitor receives many technical skills such as electromagnetic excavation, the mechanism of work of different energies, modern nanotechnology, and learning about the types, forms and transformations of energy.”

Regarding the programming corner, Hilal al Khuziri, Head of the Scientific Olympiad Department, said: “The corner includes 14 activities that deal with all that is important and new in programming and its languages. In this edition of the festival, we aimed at the age group of small classes (1-9), by presenting them with several programming competitions, to develop a love and passion for programming among children from a young age and to instil its concept in them, for easy learning in the early stages.”

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