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Honeywell to Inspire the next generation of Emirati engineers with its support of Think Science Competition

posted on Jan 31, 2016

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 31st, 2016 – Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE established to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth, has joined hands with global technology giant Honeywell which has pledged support for Emirates Foundation's efforts to nurture a new generation of UAE scientists and engineers.

(L-R): Norm Gilsdorf, President, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia and Clare Woodcraft – CEO of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development

Under the agreement, Honeywell has signed up as silver partner for Emirates Foundation's 2015-2016 Think Science competition.

The initiative, which is part of Honeywell's commitment to supporting the next generation of engineers in the UAE, will see the global technology leader provide guidance and support to Think Science participants as they develop, design and build aerospace projects that aim to solve real-world problems.

Held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, the Think Science competition, is part of a national programme that seeks to inspire, encourage and empower Emirati youth aged 15 to 35 to embrace careers in science-related fields and to follow their passion for science with interactive, hands-on activities in engineering, energy, aviation and other tech industries.

The nationwide contest engages UAE youth to develop, design and build science-based innovations that respond to society’s most pressing needs.

“The UAE 2021 vision outlines the need for the private and public sectors to work together to create a competitive economy that will be driven by knowledgeable and innovative Emirati talent. Delivering this vision starts here with the Emirates Foundation,” said Norm Gilsdorf, President, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “Honeywell is pleased to make a meaningful contribution to the Think Science program and inspire today’s students to become passionate about building innovations that create a world that’s safer and more secure, more energy efficient, and where our quality of life is always improving.  

Over the course of the competition, Honeywell engineers will mentor students on engineering techniques and methods to give them the best chance of advancing through the contest. Participants will showcase their projects at the Think Science Fair in April 2016, where winning students can progress to the Think Science Ambassadors Programme to take part in further activities focused on science and technology.

“Our alliance with the Emirates Foundation demonstrates our commitment to the UAE and its vision to become a centre of excellence in global aerospace,” said James Bryson, president, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace. “The UAE has become an international travel hub and home to a number of the world’s most dynamic airlines. We are excited to work with the Think Science team to support local youth as they explore their interest in a career in aerospace.”

Mohanna Obaid Al Muhairi, Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Foundation said: "We are pleased to attract a global name such as Honeywell to join our efforts to develop a talent pool of future aerospace engineers and scientists. Honeywell is a valuable addition to our growing network of public and private partners who are committed to the socio-economic development of the UAE and we hope such engagements will further enhance our ability to inspire and encourage talented individuals to pursue their curiosity and passion for science."


 “Honeywell’s vast expertise in technology and engineering will help this year’s Think Science competitors to make valuable contributions to some of the major challenges of modern life. Our ability to inspire and encourage talented individuals to pursue their passion for science is essential to building a strong and capable group of future industry innovators.” Al Muhairi added.

The Think Science competition is a unique UAE initiative that is perfectly in line with the UAE Government’s emphasis on encouraging the young generations to excel in science and come up with creative ideas. The competition aims to attract youth to pursue careers in scientific fields, such as engineering, aviation industry, energy and health to meet the nation’s demand for scientific talents.

This year’s edition is targeting up to 600 university and high schools youth and other individuals, who will put forth 220 projects for competition at the national level in the science categories of electrical engineering, environmental sciences and management, industrial and mechanical systems, energy, smart and safety systems, physics and chemistry, transportation, aerodynamics and aviation.

"Emirates Foundation remains committed to delivering the UAE leadership's vision of empowering the young generation to help build a strong base of highly qualified native cadres who can lead our modernization drive," Al Muhairi said.

Think Science aims to encourage and celebrate youth across the UAE providing them with opportunities to develop their knowledge and analytical thinking, enabling them to become active participants in finding groundbreaking solutions to local and global technological issues.

A prime focus of the Think Science initiative has been on embedding innovation in the education process, while encouraging schools and universities to instill a passion for research, investigation and exploration. Students are now becoming more familiar with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related fields in par with tomorrow’s economy which requires equipping a competent and innovative workforce of students.

The competition provides a unique opportunity for Emirati youth to showcase their talent in science and technology, develop knowledge and share expertise, and be part of the UAE’s growth today and in the future.

The Think Science program comprises three interrelated projects designed to help realise the potential of the UAE youth in the field of science: Think Science Competition, Think Science Connect and Think Science Ambassadors.

By the end of this year, the accepted submissions will be announced, and executed projects will be judged by 50-60 renowned judges from academia and industry at the final Think Science Fair in April 2016, where all participants will showcase their projects. The winning projects will be announced in a special ceremony in May 2016.

The Foundation also organizes an annual ‘Think Science’ fair, a three-day event that provides a platform for young innovators to showcase their innovations. The fair, which is considered one of the major scientific events in the region, also offers individual companies, academia and government institutions the opportunity to showcase their work and connect directly with UAE youth  

Selected Emirati youth will be given the opportunity to participate in regional and international fairs (depending on their age group). Selected Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in different empowerment activities in science and technology.


Emirates Foundation THINK SCIENCE Program:

The Emirates Foundation is now focused on its new mission of delivering positive and permanent social impact for young people. We plan to do so through our new six-strong program portfolio that provides long-term initiatives to support youth. Think Science is one of these programs that aims to create a strong link between young people and the industrial and business sector in the UAE with a view to addressing the skills gap in this area.



Think Science aims to spark Emirati youth’s interest in science and technology (S&T) with a view to encouraging them to both study science and technology and follow a career in this area. The program aims to motivate young people to look at this as a potentially exciting and highly rewarding career path that not only can provide them with excellent professional opportunities but will also support the ambitious industrial development goals of the UAE.

Please find below more information about the program and how you can get involved:

  • The Think Science Competition is organized to encourage teamwork and provoke interest in hands-on technology among high school and university youth and individuals (age 15-35). Participants have the opportunity to build interactive scientific models with community benefits.
  • More than 600 UAE Youth will be selected to participate with about 220 projects competing at the national level in the following categories:
  • The competition focuses on electrical engineering, environmental sciences, industrial and mechanical systems, energy, applied physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, safety systems, smart systems, transportation, and aviation.
  • The competition will be judged by 50 -60 esteemed judges drawn from industry and academia. It is a great opportunity to understand the local talent pool and to encourage youth development.


The Think Science Connect event is a strategic platform for connecting young scientists and engineers with the business sector. The event comprises a massive exhibition planned to be held in the World Trade Center, Dubai for three days offering companies and academia the chance to showcase their recruitment opportunities and source talent. The event will be a very broad engagement initiative connecting young people with a strategic scientific network. Connect provides individual companies, academia and government institutions the opportunity to showcase their work and connect directly with high school and university youth. 40 institutions are selected to exhibit at the event.


About Emirates Foundation

Emirates Foundation was launched in April 2005 as an initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It is chaired by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In 2012, the Emirates Foundation was re-launched under the name “Emirates Foundation for Youth Development” as an integrated national initiative that seeks to invest in UAE youth. The new strategy uses the model venture philanthropy with a view to impacting the lives of young people in the UAE positively and permanently. To achieve this, the Foundation will work in three key focus areas: social inclusion; community engagement; and leadership and empowerment. It will seek to identify, educate and inform the public about challenges facing UAE youth while developing sustainable, enterprise-based solutions to social issues and motivating young Emiratis to volunteer, participate and give back to society.

Emirates Foundation works to enhance partnerships between private and public sectors, in order to develop sustainable ways of helping young people in the UAE make an active contribution to the country’s development. EF is funded through contributions from the Abu Dhabi government and private sector companies.


Supporting Resources

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit aerospace.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
The Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.


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