The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) recently held an awards ceremony to honour the participants of the Dubai Sat 2 logo making contest. Seventeen-year-old Aliaa Ahmed Sayed from Al Khaleej National School emerged as the overall winner for her use of the image of a falcon and the colours of the UAE flag to reflect the culture and history of the UAE. EIAST will place the logo on the satellite, which is scheduled for launch in the Q4 of 2013.
Winners from the different age groups who garnered the highest scores from the judging panel of EIAST were also honoured with the youngest, a five-year-old participant, receiving a special honour.
The ceremony was attended by EIAST Director General H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, EIAST engineers and employees, and relatives of the winners. Al Shaibani emphasised the institution’s full commitment to developing the abilities of students and youths in general, and providing them with all the support to develop and harness their talents.
“The participation of students in such competitions promotes capacity building and develops the spirit of innovation. Contests also foster a spirit of competition that results in solutions and innovations that can be of great help to the community. They represent an opportunity to introduce students to technical and scientific achievements in their own country that can become a source of pride for them,” says Al Shaibani.
Alia Ahmed Sayed, the winner of the competition, says: “I wanted to design a logo that best reflects the spirit of the UAE. I am very proud and happy that my logo will be placed on the satellite and fly into space.”
The contest was opened in January 2013 to students in schools and universities in the UAE. It was organised in coordination with the Ministry of Education, education districts, public schools and universities.