The Inter-school STEM Challenge 2020 hosted by Curtin University Dubai aimed at bringing young science enthusiasts from across the UAE together to compete in an exhilarating competition. The interschool event saw a participation of over 55 schools and a total of 60 teams. Each team, comprised of four members, solved questions related to STEM subjects.
After successful completion of a written round, a practical round and subsequent quiz rounds, Team Delta of GEMS Wellington International School, emerged as the glorious winner of the competition. They took home the winning trophy, medals, certificates, and a Raspberry Pi computer each. Team STEMinists from Cambridge International School, Dubai won the first runners up position and received an entry ticket each to Dubai’s most popular Virtual Reality Theme Park. Team OOEHS Sharjah – Girls from Our Own English High School, Sharjah won the second runners up position and were presented a ticket each to the Astronomy and Space Sciences Centre in the UAE. All winning teams were also awarded with prestigious scholarships to study at Curtin University Dubai.
The prestigious inter-school competition was designed by Mr. Daniel Adkins, Industry Expert and CEO of Transnational Academic Group along with the faculty members of Curtin University Dubai – Assoc. Prof. Pon Selvan, Head of School for Science and Engineering, Ms. Shahra Jafar Ali, Program Coordinator for Foundation Science and Engineering, and Mr. Salih Ismail, Program Coordinator for Computer Science.
Mr. Adkins was also the quiz master of the event and expressed great pleasure in being a part of the phenomenal competition. He said, “Curtin Dubai was pleased to host the STEM Challenge 2020 and the judges were immensely impressed with the student’s knowledge and competitiveness. The students consistently answered very challenging questions from nearly every area of science, technology, and mathematics. At Curtin Dubai, we know that the jobs of the future will require strong STEM knowledge and these students demonstrated that they are preparing themselves well.”
Speaking on the team’s triumph, Ms. Michelle Scott, the mentoring teacher of Team Delta of GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai said, “The Inter-School STEM Challenge hosted by Curtin University was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The questions and challenges really stretched our students and forced them to think outside of their comfort zone. Every team was incredibly strong and progressing through to the successive rounds was never certain. Winning was no easy task against the other teams and our school is incredibly proud of our students. We would like to thank Curtin University Dubai for hosting the event and we look forward to participating in the next competition.”