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The duo, Shamma Al Bastaki and Hayat Abu Al Hassan from Al Ittihad Private School, presented a science project named “Grains of Gold”. They were among 16 Emirati scientists who were selected for the Emirates Foundation’s Think Science competition to participate in the fair.
Finalists at the Intel contest were judged on their creativity, scientific thought, skill, and ability to showcase their visions in their projects. ‘Grains of Gold’ won second place in the category of Environmental Sciences and Management for its applicability in real-life situations.The project demonstrated how to use hydrophobic sand — sand that is chemically manipulated to resist water — as a way to minimise water waste in soil. They got inspiration to the project from a visit to the Middle East’s first soil museum
The young scientists were commended for their project’s alignment with the UAE’s vision to become green, and it is hoped that the technology will be used across landscapes in the UAE.
“After this recognition at the fair, we are now ready to play a larger role in empowering and encouraging upcoming Emiratis’ talent. We now feel even more confident in playing a leading role by investing our skills and capabilities for our youth,” Hayat said.