Last 6th of March, Makerspace Al Zeina threw open its doors to welcome the winners of our new program for Young Innovators, Spark. Recently launched for its first year, Spark was presented as part of UAE Innovates, and provides the opportunity for Abu Dhabi’s brightest and most determined innovators under 18 years of age to spend three months experiencing all our makerspace has to offer, all expenses paid.
Over the course of the three month experience, Spark participants will explore the many tools and capabilities available in our makerspace; receive special tutoring about design thinking, idea development and fabrication; explore and learn how to use a wide range of prototyping equipment for themselves, and much more besides.
We set the challenge to receive projects and ideas that showed potential to be great prototypes to meet our theme of Going Places. This theme unites the topics of sustainability with mobility and transport. We wanted to see the transport solutions of tomorrow: projects that focus on new, improved or modified ways of transport or how to get around and that provide sustainable or environmental options for our planet.
Applicants were received from across the Emirates, and for the final selection our judges chose projects that included foldable, transportable e-scooter and removable storage solutions for e-scooters, electromagnetic generators for transport, and sustainable drone transport for emergency medical transplants.
Our Spark participants are now underway at the Makerspace, so keep an eye out to say hello the next time you are visiting us! We look forward to sharing a sneak peak at their creations with you in a couple of months’ time!