I was delighted to return to the Abu Dhabi Science Festival this year.
We were in the Oasis city of Al Ain where the festival is held inside the zoo. On this trip I was supported by Hannah Ayre; Artist Educator who helped me keep the show on the road and was a great travelling companion too.
Here is a little video about it all featuring yours truly : Abu Dhabi Science Festival at Al Ain Zoo
As a third party provider our job was to take everything we needed to run the festival out to Abu Dhabi and to train teams of local students to help run our workshop to school classes and families.
The first couple of days were spent installing the large lanterns that I had brought in flat pack form in my suitcase from my studio in Newcastle. I have to say I think it was the best install I have ever done. A big thank you to Dino, Brian and Wesley for taking the time to hang the lanterns to look their best.
The next day was spent training our groups of students on how to make the lanterns and how to help the school children and families get the most out of our workshop. We were lucky to have so many motivated students who really took ownership of the workshop. They even made some instructional videos that we played throughout the festival. They did a really good job in one hour using only their phones to record.
Over the course of the festival we made 2730 small lanterns with schools and the public.
Here are some photos of our morning workshops for up to 30 school children One day we had 48 school children in one class, but Illuminating Geometry is such a flexible workshop and we had such good science communicators that we could cope with this increase in number.
Thanks to Hannah for the photography.
We did manage to leave the Zoo one lunchtime to take a trip up Jebel Hafeet a mountain that is right on the border between Abu Dhabi and Oman. The mountain is just a short drive away from the zoo. I am afraid my photo doesn’t do any justice to the amazing views of the desert and the city from it’s summit.
It was a great festival and we met so many amazing people, colleagues at the science festival, families attending the science festival (thanks for the fossils!) and students. I really enjoyed sitting by the pool enjoying a rose lemonade in our mornings off too.