The Research Council (TRC) organised on Tuesday a hackathon for 65 schoolchildren from three schools of Seeb and another one for 35 of TRC staff’s children in the evening. The hackathons, which were held under the theme ‘Let’s discover and innovate’, aimed to instil the interest of science and exploration among children and enhance their skills to become leaders of innovation and research.
The scientific hackathons promoted the spirit of creativity, challenge and talent refinement. It was also an opportunity to teach young people the importance of adopting new initiatives and coping with new technologies.
During the TRC hackathons participants were briefed in a workshop on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including Smart Robot, Virtual Reality and its applications, 3D Printing, and 3D Pen Design. They were given challenges to solve through these applications, utilising the services offered at the ‘Makers Oman’ prototyping centre of Innovation Park Muscat.
Participants were divided into several teams. The teams were encouraged to generate innovative ideas to address the challenges after using the techniques of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.