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The nine-day Abu Dhabi Science Festival attracts thousands of visitors eager to sample some science fun. From building Lego robots to unwrapping Egyptian mummies, the festival aims at educating visitors and sparking enthusiasm for science.
Organizers of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival want to show that science isn't just boring calculations and stuffy classrooms.
[James Soper, Presenter, Science Shows for Schools]:
"The whole idea of this exhibition is to make young people in Abu Dhabi excited about science."
The nine-day festival is the first of its kind in the UAE. Its organizers hope it will guide young people to consider a career in science.
[James Soper, Presenter, Science Shows for Schools]
"It's very important that all of the young people think science is fun but also science is something that they can do for the rest of their lives."
The workshops at the festival -- like "Dig up a dinosaur", "DNA detective", and "The Blood Lab" - let kids get a feel for science...literally!
At the Blood Lab, kids could make their own blood-curdling scabs, make a blood mix and even touch a real heart.
[Bella Potts, Visitor]:
"I think this exhibition is really good for children. I've enjoyed it a lot and I think everyone should get the experience and come here."
Organizers hope to make the Abu Dhabi Science Festival into an annual event.
And we'll certainly stay tuned for the results of that experiment!
NTD News, United Arab Emirates