UAE students go head to head in Formula Ethara finalsMay 16, 2017, 10:35 am GMT
Thirty-six teams from primary schools across the UAE participated in the Formula Ethara national finals.
The competition, now in its third year, was created to offer 'tomorrow's champions' the opportunity to learn valuable skills in an interactive and educational environment that delivers STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and 21st Century learning outcomes.
The teams put their engineering, technology and business skills to the test as they were tasked with designing, testing, marketing and making their own miniature paper race team car.
As well as their designs, the teams were also judged on their team work and verbal presentation skills. The finals saw pupils demonstrate all aspects of their entries, which included team car racing, building a team showcase car, a team display and slideshow, and a team presentation.
The judges awarded the National Champions – Outright title (those with previous experience of Formula Ethara National Finals) to Eagle Eye from Al Yasmina Academy, with Turbo Squad from Liwa International School for Girls clinching the National Champions – Rookie award.
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Yas Marina Circuit head of strategic alliance Ahmed Al Kaabi said: "We were delighted to host the third edition of this important student challenge today and welcome back familiar faces as well as new entries. We have seen another fantastic day of STEAM-focused challenges for public and private sector school children from the UAE. ADEC schools made up 20% of competitors today, and we look forward to welcoming more schools as the programme continues.
"Once more, the range of creativity, problem solving ability and hard work on display has been inspirational to witness. For the children competing today, they have learned important lessons in this competition and will use them in their future education and professional careers. We are very proud to be able to contribute positively to UAE children's' development and of the future effects of this legacy and look forward to what next year's challenge will bring."
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