x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Abu Dhabi Science Festival: Making maths and science come alive for children

MathAlive, a travelling math and science exhibition, was launched on Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chairman of the Crown Prince Court.

ABU DHABI // Video games and interactive displays are being used to make maths and science fun for children as part of a travelling exhibition.

MathAlive was launched yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chairman of the Crown Prince’s Court.

“Our goal is to touch as many children as we can, by experiencing maths hands on. We want them interacting,” said Lynn Dugle, vice president of Raytheon, the company behind the initiative.

A number of interactive games were designed by the company, with the aim of getting children interested in maths and science.

The game includes Build your World, which allows children to build skyscrapers using maths and engineering skills, giving them a better understanding of how the towers are created.

“The investment that Raytheon is making is in captivating the heart and minds of children and getting them energised about what careers maths can bring them,” Ms Dugle said.

Raytheon also works on educational projects in partnership with institutions such as the Higher Colleges of Technology and Khalifa University, to offer engineering and leadership development programmes.

“Maths and science are crucial in every nation’s economy” Ms Dugle said. “We are proud to be a part of the 2020 vision.”

MathAlive is going on a five-year tour that will include visiting other countries in the region.

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