A unique invention aimed at conserving natural rainwater for use in irrigation systems has won a national high school innovation competition, organized by Canadian University Dubai (CUD).
The competition, which was won by a team from Abu Dhabi Grammar School, was staged alongside the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship held recently in Dubai. It challenged teams of senior high school students to develop a new technology, business concept, product or service that reflected one or more of the conference themes.
The top ten projects were presented to a multidisciplinary panel of academic judges during day one of the conference, with the top three winning teams being announced during the gala dinner, which concluded the two-day event. The all-girl group of students – Hamida Al-Aribe, Sama Abdelsalam and Dana Dobrosavljevic – presented the winning entry on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Grammar School team, taking away AED 5,000 for their innovative and environmentally-conscious technology.
Hamida explained, “Our new conservative irrigation system supports the collection of rainwater, and its transportation to a storage box, from where it can then be used for irrigation purposes. The system also has soil moisture sensors that indicate the moisture in the soil to make sure that no water is wasted.”