To encourage innovation and enhance the quality of design perception, the HCT-Ras Al Khaimah campuses hosted the bi-annual Design Thinking student competition, under the theme “Design, Build, Fly” for applications of Design Thinking in Aerospace Engineering.
The competition saw around 450 first-year Engineering students, from all campuses, who gathered to compete for the best design of a non-engine-powered flying object of their own creation, which led to 31 participating teams.
The 31 teams presented and tested their unique flying devices, in the presence of Dr. Mohammad Aljarrah, HCT Executive Dean of Engineering who was on hand to award the winning teams, as well as congratulating all participants on their achievements.
In a confirmation of the capabilities of female engineering students, the top three places were won by teams from female campuses.
The HCT-Al Ain Women’s (AAW) team, “UAE-47”, won first place against a strong field, with a flight distance of 13.35 m and a total score of 74.66. The winning score came after a tough round of launching devices, presentations, judging measurements, and an open-voting session.
With less than four points behind the first-place team, “Flight-X” from Fujairah Women’s campus (FJW) came second place with a total score of 70.78, while the Abu Dhabi Women’s “Blue Bolt” team came in third place scoring 65.77 points.
The challenge also marked three special categories in which the winners were AAW with best flight distance, RKM with best flight endurance, and DBM with best, innovative design.
The Design Thinking competition is fulfilling the Emirati leaders’ vision in innovation by preparing Emirati youth to meet the recent challenges in the different fields of life.
It also embraces a common theme of the HCT 2.0 transformative vision, being “thinking out of the box”. It aims to actualize the HCT 2.0 plan by getting the earlybird undergraduate Engineering students involved in designing and building their innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). UAVs have been used significantly in recent years across the globe for commercial, government and consumer purposes. In the UAE, many initiatives are introduced by the government to promote the development of the UAV for a brighter and more technological UAE future.