Riyadh science fair a big draw

Riyadh: Arab News

Published — Friday 1 June 2012

Last update 1 June 2012 9:51 pm

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The Riyadh Science Oasis Center’s (RSO) building exhibition for youngsters has had a huge response with over 8,000 children visiting the exhibition since its opening in Al-Othaim Mall (Rabwah).
The exhibition was organized by RSO with the cooperation of MTE Studios for children aged six to 12 and will run until July 10. Its original run was meant to last until June 10.
Created by Dubai, Bahrain and Cape Town based MTE Studios, the activity zone attracts young Saudi enthusiasts to explore the world of construction enabling them to develop intellectual, physical, emotional and social skills.
“We are glad to bring this exhibition again to the Kingdom and are impressed with the overwhelming response we have received. We are amazed to see the creativity of the little ones at the show. We are receiving more inquiries from schools to visit in groups and look forward to attracting bigger numbers by the end of the event,” said Mazen Abdulrazak Balilah, CEO of Riyadh Science Oasis.
Visitors are able to operate a pulley and a child-size crane to hook, lift and move objects and materials, and build structures with bricks and blocks. Right through the exhibition, the unrestricted nature of the materials and activities allows creativity to grow. Children are encouraged to use the exhibit in their own way, contributing to personalized learning experience.
“The ‘BUILD A CITY’ children’s activity zone provides an ideal opportunity for children to enjoy constructive play in a team-building environment. The whole experience allows them to develop social, mental and physical skills while also enjoying themselves,” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios. “This is the third time the exhibition is being showcased in Saudi Arabia and I am pleased to see the popularity it has gained along the years,” added Verheyen.
Getting into little hard hats and construction vests, children create, play and learn as they explore the concepts of construction and simple machines. The totally interactive experience for children aims to be fun, exciting and of great educational value. Children develop skills like planning and supervision, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, motor coordination, hand-eye-coordination, use of equipment, vocabulary development and socializing and recognition. It also highlights the importance of natural awareness for a sustainable, quality living environment.


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