Innovator 2019 is a strategic initiative by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), bringing together individual innovators, academic institutions, government entities and private sector entrepreneurs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, contributing to the fulfillment of the UAE’s innovation strategy which aims to position the UAE amongst the most innovative nations in the world. Now in its 5th edition, it is an exciting 10 days event targeting audiences aged 13+ across the UAE. The innovator 2019 is a “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) inspired event and will showcase homegrown projects by innovators from across the UAE in the categories of Art & Design, Sustainability & Life Science, Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanics, & Digital Fabrication, Robotics & Electronics.
Attendees will learn how to transfer an image or writing from stencil to a fabric. Using the silk screen techniques. A set of screens will be present, each with different color and attendees will have the chance to choose the color and design they desire.
Attendees will have the chance to make a coin sorter help organize their coins, a laser cut wood pieces will be pre-cut and attendees will need to assemble them according to a set of instructions, and they will get to paint them or color them.
We love Play Dough! We love science. The basic premise is that the play dough acts as both an insulator and a conductor of electricity in order to form shapes and add with lights, sirens, and motors. This exercise teaches attendees basic circuits principles. You can teach a simple circuit or build on that knowledge to include parallel and series circuits, electrical load, and even squishy sound music! The possibilities are endless.
Create your own doorbell through learning all about circuits. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will understand the principle of using a soldering alloy to join wires (known as soldering), as well as populating PCB's, use twist-ons, strip wire, use crimping tools, apply and heat shrink tubing, as well as other basic principles of electronic work/assembly.
The INNOVATOR 2018 is a key initiative under the ADEK’s Innovation Strategy. It is a “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) inspired event, which demonstrates homegrown projects across the UAE. The 7-day event targets an audience aged 13+ across the UAE combined with Abu Dhabi Science Festival for exiting workshops and activities.
TechShop Abu Dhabi participated with three workshops - Prototyping (Hover Board), Electronics (Buzzer) and Woodworking (Mallet). See our gallery for more photos.
Workshop - Prototyping
Putting things together and bringing parts to an operational order require a variety of skills such as the ability to use measuring devices, understand tolerances, and being able to assess structural and functional aspects. In this workshop we expose attendees to the process of putting together a functional prototype.
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will experience the use of hand tools, measuring devices, fasteners, simple design calculations, work holding devices, along with bigger fabrication machines such as a drill press and/or a manual press.
Workshop - Electronics
Projects nowadays can seldom get away with no electronics in them. Hence a combination of light, movement, or intelligence is often a fundamental ingredient in any innovative project. In this workshop we scrape the surface of electronic assembly in a fun way that is accessible to children and adults alike.
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will understand the principle of using a soldering alloy to join wires (known as soldering), as well as populating PCB's, use twist-ons, strip wire, use crimping tools, apply and heat shrink tubing, as well as other basic principles of electronic work/assembly.
Workshop - Woodworking
Everyone has engaged in some form of woodworking at one point in their lives either at college or with an older family member. In this workshop we allow attendees to experience a bit of woodworking to the end of making a functional and a structurally-sound outcome.
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will gain an understanding into working with the wood, using various hand tools to attach and shape the structure, and finishing the piece to enhance the natural beauty of the material.