So far, Abu Dhabi Science Festival has been fab! I met some of the other Team Leaders at the airport and we flew out together. As soon as we arrived we were taken to The Corniche where the science festival would be. The Corniche is a beautiful recreation area all along the coast of Abu Dhabi with a huge long white beach, lots of fountains and gardens and cycle paths. Our festival was being built ON the beach! Great!
Our first day was all about unpacking everything that had been shipped over and planning the use of our space. Mini Mechanics has it’s very own tent (I use the word tent very loosley!) and we had to consider where best to put out lawnmower engines, massive cutaway engine, the chemistry of combustion station, dust coats and stools for 30children and hundreds of tools!
While we unpacked our kit that had come all the way from Edinburgh to the Corniche, we planned our training days. One of the most exciting things about the Abu Dhabi Science Festival is that we train local undergraduate students to deliver the workshops and give the students the skills to be engaging and interactive science presenters with audiences of small children who speak lots of different languages!
I trained about 40 undergrads over the two training days. They were all studying different subjects in Uni like science and engineering but also business, media and education too. We had a very busy schedule and a tight deadline as they had to be ready to deliver their first mechanical engineering workshop in just 2 days!
Not only that but this was the global debut for the Mini Mechanics workshop so we all wanted to make it an absolutely fabulous first go.
We finally left the Mini Mechanics training session on Wednesday night full of excitement and a little bit of nerves about the opening the very next morning! Stay tuned for next update to find out how it went!