Over 1000 school children across Dubai between the ages of 7 and 11 are preparing their entries for the Forscherwelt Science Lab competition, designed exclusively for Expo 2020 Dubai. Fourteen of Dubai’s leading schools have signed up to the free competition with their eager science students creating something out of recycled materials that is both innovative and serves a practical purpose at their school. The winning entries will be awarded at the German Pavilion during a judging and recognition event in March.
The launch of the school competition coincides with the success of the free Forscherwelt science sessions that have been running at the German Pavilion since the beginning of Expo 2020 Dubai. Researchers’ World or ‘Forscherwelt’ in German, is located at CAMPUS GERMANY and is part of an international initiative by Henkel (the German industrial and consumer business company), which was launched over 10 years ago, to get children excited about science and awaken their researcher spirit. Forscherwelt at Expo 2020 Dubai is an extension of the series of workshops held at Children’s City, an edutainment entity of Dubai Municipality located in Dubai Creek Park.
Csaba Szendrei, Henkel GCC President said, “We are delighted with the responses received from the school community and we are excited to see what the students come up with. With our Forscherwelt program, we are always looking for creative and engaging ways to encourage young children to take an interest in science. They get hands-on experience through guided and supervised experiments and we also teach them about sustainability through science, a topic high on our global agenda.”
Competition entries will be scored based on their creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, practicality, and design, with the judging and award ceremony taking place in March. The Forscherwelt science program for children at the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai follows the opening of the largest Forscherwelt facility outside Germany and the first of its kind in the Middle East, at Children’s City, Dubai Creek Park, three years ago. The workshops at the German Pavilion are conducted by dedicated trainers from Children’s City, an edutainment entity of Dubai Municipality.
The 45-minute modules which can accommodate up to six children per module are available every Monday and Tuesday. Sessions at the auditorium of the German Pavilion (10 am-12 pm) can be selected via advanced booking and walk-in, depending on availability. Bookings for the permanent lab at Children’s City, Creek Park can also be submitted by contacting Children’s City.