2018 Think Science Competition – Terms & Conditions

  • The Competition will be opened for any innovative ideas related to different applied science and technology disciplines
  • Only 200 projects will be selected to compete at the UAE national level
  • A maximum of three participants can make up each team in the schools category
  • A maximum of four participants can make up a team in universities category
  • All participants must be residents of the UAE.
  • School Students must register through a science teacher/lab technician. However, for University students, the team leader initiates the registration
  • All school students participants under the age of 21 are under their school supervisor’s responsibility, and the supervisor (teacher) confirms that he/she has the full permission of the legal guardian of the students that he/she registers to participate in the Think Science Program and that they will be under his/her full responsibility and supervision at all times, during the workshops, Exhibition, Fair, and during any of the Think Science program’s activities, and that Emirates Foundation holds no responsibility on supervising those participants. The teacher (supervisor) agrees that he/she read the EF Participant’s Release and Waiver of Liability Form and agrees to its terms and conditions on behalf of his/her registered students with their legal guardian’s consent
  • Teams (Applicants) will compete at the national level competition and the best teams from different categories will receive prizes
  • Only one winning team from each science category will be selected
  • Each team must have Emirati nationals as per the following:
    • Applicants from Schools and Universities:
      • At least three Emirati nationals in a team of four (university team)
      • At least two Emirati nationals in a team of three
      • At least one Emirati national in a team of two
      • In case of applying as one individual, the participant must be an Emirati.
    • Private schools and universities with no Emirati students may participate with no Emirati nationals, but are subject to the approval of the judging committee
  • It is highly recommended that a comprehensive abstract (only 200 words) with clear objectives and outcomes is submitted (the number of participated projects is limited)
  • Redundant or repeated projects will not be accepted and the project abstract must be written carefully

The submitted projects should be within the scope of one of the following fields:

  • APPLIED CHEMISTRY

    Includes Biochemistry/ Chemical Engineering/ Air and Water Chemical purification methods, preservatives, sanitization and disinfection using chemical methods, and application of Environmental Chemistry.

  • APPLIED PHYSICS

    Magnetics and Electromagnetics, Devices that works based on thermoelectric concept (utilizing the difference in temperature to cool or heat, heating/cooling mechanisms), cooling suits an helmets (does not have a smart system) , microscopes, lenses, glasses, wireless charging, chargers, superconductors, air and water purification using physical methods like electromagnetism, sanitization and disinfection using physical methods like waves/ultrasound, and LiFi technology applications

  • INDUSTRIAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

    Designing, manufacturing and maintenance of smart industrial and mechanical systems and operation of machines and tools with industrial use, including Ecofriendly devices like Air conditioners, smart medicine dispensers, smart fridge, smart kitchen, flying bags, smart toilets, smart  seats, modifications on stairs, and printers

  • SMART SYSTEMS

    Object recognition devices, sensing, actuation, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data, including electricity consumption control systems, but excluding systems related to health monitoring , special needs and transportation

  • SAFETY SYSTEMS

    Safety and status monitoring, multifunctional safety devices, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data for safety applications, but excluding systems related to health monitoring , special needs, and transportation

  • TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

    Smart Vehicle Developments for safety purposes, Smart Applications related to vehicles’ improvements, any transportation-related smart system that focuses on road/vehicles for safety purposes. Examples: Accidents/crash reporting, driver vital measures, speed control systems, Parking booking, forgotten children, car locks, fining systems, car cooling, traffic lights control..etc

  • VEHICLES DESIGNS  AND AVIATION

    Any Development on Vehicle’s designs and improvements (Design, manufacture, operate, or maintain) excluding Smart Applications. It covers airplanes, cars, trains, and boats designs, including the development of ecofriendly vehicles, Drones, flying cars, tires modification, tanks improvements, car covers..etc)

  • SYSTEMS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DETERMINED ONES

    Any project designed for the benefit of “The Determined Ones”, including Smart or Safety Systems (Object recognition devices, sensing, actuation, and control systems that make decisions based on the available data including GPS applications)

    • Examples:

      Any project designed for the benefit of Blind and Deaf individuals, developments on wheelchairs, applications and games for autistic children, projects that support paralyzed individuals, and individual with Parkinson’s disease

  • ENERGY

    Studying of renewable energy structure and processes related to energy production and efficiency. Examples: Piezoelectricity, Sea waves energy and Hydropower, Mechanical to Electrical Energy, Nuclear Power, Thermal Power, Sound waves power, wind power, speed-breakers, Alternative Fuels (methane, natural gas, ..etc) , New applications on Solar Energy, Fossil Fuel Energy , Microbial Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Cells, energy from soil and plants, Modified and improved solar cells, and the study of materials that convert/store solar energy through chemical changes including photovoltaic material , and Sustainable Home Designs that are ecofriendly in terms of electrical energy production via renewable/alternative energy sources

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

    Projects that have developed processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in water supply, and waste disposal. Examples: Waste Management and smart recycling bins, Water Sustainability and smart irrigation systems, ecofriendly air conditioners, Aquaponic Agriculture, Water Purification techniques excluding the chemical and physical methods, Bioremediation, and Pollution Control

  • HEALTH AND BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS

    This category focuses on studies specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease. It includes studies on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or epidemiology of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems. Examples: Cell, Organ, and Systems Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology of Disease, Immunology, Pathophysiology

  • MATERIAL SCIENCES

    The study of the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance. Examples are ceramic and Glasses, Composite Materials, Nanomaterials, Hydrophobic Materials, and Polymers.

  • Each participant should provide / upload a digital copy of the following when filling in the proposal application form in {.jpg, .gif, .pdf format} :
    • Valid Passport copy
    • Valid Emirates ID copy (front and back)
    • Valid UAE Residency Visa for expatriates
    • Unified Number Page for Emiratis
    • Passport size formal photo
  • Maximum size of each document ( 750 KB )
  • Parent/Guardian name and contact details are required for all School and University students to complete the registration
  • All project information should be filled in online before the registration deadline
  • The final list of participants (teams and individuals) is required to sign and submit a hard copy of the Think Science participation agreement in January
  • Interactive Scientific Models that use the scientific methodology with practical experiments in different applied science and technology disciplines.
  • Interactive models and Prototypes (highly preferable in Semiconductors, Aerodynamics, Mechanics, Water Sustainability, Environmental Engineering, etc…
  • Practical research that is directly linked to a community benefit and solves a problem, but should give a clear and tangible end product
  • Theoretical Research projects (e.g. What causes a car accident in the UAE etc.)
  • Research/Study that is not directly linked to a community benefit through an end-product, and does not directly provide a solution for a problem (does not have a tangible end product) (e.g. The effect of mercury residues on an embryos’ development, The effect of light on a plants’ growth)
  • Theoretical Studies/ researches (e.g. A study about H1N1 Virus but does not provide end product like  inhibitors or cure medicine )
  • Surveys
  • Static Models (e.g. Volcanoes, the Solar System etc.)
  • Robots (RoboMaid, RoboBag.etc.)
  • Conventional Biofuel and Biogas production
  • Conventional Solar Energy Projects (Solar Fridge, Solar Car, Solar Oven etc.)
  • Conventional Recycling Projects (Using Electronic Wastes to make jewelries and accessories)
  • Simulators (having a working prototype or a tangible end product is mandatory)
  • Any project that was previously displayed in any other competition or event in UAE (The Think Science Reviewing Committee has the right to disqualify any project that breaches this rule at any point of the competition timeframe)
  • To avoid any redundancy, projects that won in previous competitions are available and can be viewed in our annual E-booklet
  • All finalists will receive a Certification of Recognition
  • ONLY one winning team from each science category will be awarded an incentive prize
  • The youth with outstanding projects from the competition will be enrolled in the Think Science Ambassadors Programme and will be awarded prizes, opportunities for internship, capacity building and empowerment workshops, and will become eligible to compete and participate in other competitions and activities within UAE (depending on their age group and activities’ requirements).
  • Only selected Emirati participants will be given the chance to participate in international and regional competitions and programmes
  • All finalists will receive a Certification of Recognition
  • ONLY one winning team from each science category will be awarded an incentive prize
  • The youth with outstanding projects from the competition will be enrolled in the Think Science Ambassadors Programme and will be awarded prizes, opportunities for internship, capacity building and empowerment workshops, and will become eligible to compete and participate in other competitions and activities within UAE (depending on their age group and activities’ requirements).
  • Only selected Emirati participants will be given the chance to participate in international and regional competitions and programmes
  • An external committee will be convened to judge and decide upon the best-presented projects.
  • Scientists, engineers and professionals from higher education (specialised in science and engineering) are invited to apply as judges to evaluate the innovative science projects competing at the national level in April 2018.
  • Applicants should be:
  • Bilingual (Fluent Arabic and English)
  • Specialized in science and technology (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Information Technology, Smart Systems, Safety Systems, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Biomedical and Health Sciences)
  • Parent/Guardian name and contact details are required for all School and University students to complete the registration.
  • All school students participants under the age of 21 are under their school supervisor’s responsibility, and the supervisor (teacher) confirms that he/she has the full permission of the legal guardian of the students that he/she registers to participate in the Think Science Program and that they will be under his/her full responsibility and supervision at all times, during the workshops, Exhibition, Fair, and during any of the Think Science program’s activities, and that Emirates Foundation holds no responsibility on supervising those participants. The teacher (supervisor) agrees that he/she read the EF Participant’s Release and Waiver of Liability Form and agrees to its terms and conditions on behalf of his/her registered students with their legal guardian’s consent
  • School Students must register through a science teacher/lab technician (who is going to supervise their work and act as their official guardian)
  • All school students participants under the age of 21 are under their school supervisor’s responsibility, and the supervisor (teacher) confirms that he/she has the full permission of the legal guardian of the students that he/she registers to participate in the Think Science Program and that they will be under his/her full responsibility and supervision at all times, during the workshops, Exhibition, Fair, and during any of the Think Science program’s activities, and that Emirates Foundation holds no responsibility on supervising those participants. The teacher (supervisor) agrees that he/she read the EF Participant’s Release and Waiver of Liability Form and agrees to its terms and conditions on behalf of his/her registered students with their legal guardian’s consent.
  • Parent name and contact details are required for all School students to complete the registration
  • The teacher should have a science/engineering background
  • The teacher must register first as a “School Students Supervisor”, add the full project details, then add the students’ details
  • A full project plan, including a comprehensive abstract (only 200 words) with clear objectives and outcomes, should be submitted online
  • Redundant or repeated projects will not be accepted and the project abstract must be written carefully
  • Each student can participate with one project only
  • A maximum of three participants can make up each team
  • Refer to the Nationality rules are as follows:
    • At least two Emirati nationals per team of three
    • At least one Emirati national per of two
    • In case of applying as one individual, the participant should be an Emirati.
  • Private Schools with no Emirati students may participate with no Emirati nationals, but are subject to the approval of the judging committee
  • Accurate student’s contact details are required to complete registration (Name as per the passport, email, mobile etc.)
  • Teachers can supervise many projects through one registration account
  • Only one school supervisor is allowed per project
  • Previously registered teachers in (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) can simply log-in to activate their accounts for the 2018 round
  • University students can register directly as teams or individuals
  • A team Leader initiates the registration process then he/she adds the team members and the full project details
  • Each team member will receive an email with the “EF Participant’s Release and Waiver of Liability Form”, and must login to his/her account and agree to its terms and conditions for his/her account to be activated
  • Parent/Guardian name and contact details are required for all University students to complete the registration
  • A full project plan, including a comprehensive abstract (only 200 words) with clear objectives and outcomes, should be submitted online
  • Redundant or repeated projects will not be accepted and the project abstract must be written carefully
  • A maximum of four participants can make up each team
  • Refer to the Nationality rules are as follows:
    • At least three Emirati nationals per team of four
    • At least two Emirati nationals per team of three
    • At least one Emirati national per of two
    • In case of applying as one individual, the participant should be an Emirati.
  • Private universities with no Emirati students may participate with no Emirati nationals, but are subject to the approval of the judging committee
  • If the university students have a supervisor for the project, the team leader should add the supervisor’s details during the registration
  • Only one university supervisor is allowed per project
  • Students working on the project can be from different universities
  • Each university student can participate with one project only
  • Scientists, engineers and professionals from higher education and industry are invited to apply as judges to evaluate the innovative science projects competing at the national level in April 2018.
  • Applicants should be:
  • Bilingual (Fluent in Arabic and English)

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