(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) An Emirati student has won the grand prize of the National Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) Festival, the Young Scientist Award, for his invention, 'Emergency Robot'. He will receive a cash prize of Dh25,000.
Sultan Saif Binbader, 17, a student of Al Raefah Secondary School, impressed the judges with his invention, which is capable of delivering 11 different services, including firefighting, act as an ambulance and security, charge a car and mobile batteries and fill tyres with air.
Khaleej Timeshad featured Binbader's project earlier as one of the inventions that wowed the crowd during the five-day event, which displayed about 100 projects from students.
"It feels amazing to win," said Binbader. "I worked really hard on the Emergency Robot. It has a lot of different kinds of functions and wasn't easy to make.
"I feel proud that my hard work paid off. The robot is a self-control robot that offers services to visitors in public places, such as parks. It is for people who are in emergency situations, such as fires, needs recharging for their car batteries and need first aid.
"I hope this inspires many other students to take part in these science fair exhibitions and showcase their talents and abilities."
Binbader's invention also has high-definition cameras installed into the robot and can monitor public areas and act as security guards.
Binbader is among the seven winners announced by Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education. The winners will meet His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to explain their projects.
Dr Amna AlDahak AlShamsi, assistant undersecretary activities sector and director of innovation and entrepreneurship department at the Ministry of Education, said: "We are hoping the event contributes to changing mindsets and inspiring participants to take a leap of faith in an idea or theory they truly believe in.
"Success doesn't come easily, we need to emphasise to students that failure is part of the learning process and perseverance is a key factor to success. We are fortunate to have a strategic governmental direction that supports and embraces the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit and it is our responsibility to steer it towards reaching new global heights in the science, technology, innovation, and research fields," she added."Our event has evolved over the years and come a long way to reach this enormous festival."
Two groups won awards in the second category for their projects in four core areas - technology, biological and ecological, social, behavioural sciences and lastly, chemical, physical and mathematical. Each winner received a prize money of Dh4,000. In a third catergory, winners received an award of Dh2,000.