A duo of Computer Information Science (CIS) students from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) highlighted their home-oriented energy saving innovations when they competed in the Think Science Fair competition 2018, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 16-18, 2018.
The aptly named Team “SMARTY” competed admirably against hundreds of other student-designed innovations from across the UAE; advancing to the final round of competition, held on the final day of Think Science exhibition.
SMARTY is an innovative idea developed by CIS students, Mariam Obaid Saeed Marhoun and Aysha Saeed Mohammed Abdulla Alameri, and supervised by Dr. Yasir Javed, AAW CIS faculty member.
The students proposed a prototype that deploys various sensors and intelligent algorithms with the aim of saving energy, addressing key issues such as cost savings and protecting the environment. SMARTY will enable users to control their electronic devices remotely using GSM (mobile text messages) and automatic intelligent sensors, such as motion sensors, light intensity sensors and timers.
In the lead-up to Think Science, the students attended the “Ideation to Innovation” capacity-building workshop, at the Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2018, which also included other participating students and their mentors.
The workshop was organized for 400 youth and teachers from various high schools and universities with the aim of empowering young and upcoming scientists who would be competing in the Think Science competition.
Team SMARTY competed extremely well in the competition and all the visitors and judges praised their innovative ideas. Although they did not win this time, the students commented that it was a great learning opportunity for them.
The duo are confident that next time they will return as better and stronger contestants.