An Adventure to Abu Dhabi

November | 2019
Catherine Diyakonov, grade 9 student from Lord Byng Secondary, recently travelled to Abu Dhabi to present her project, "Developing Bioplastic Walls: Reducing Waste and Restoration Costs After Floods", as one of 45 students representing Team Canada. Read about her experience below:

In September, I was honored to be a part of Team Canada and travel to Abu Dhabi,  United Arab Emirates to participate in MILSET Expo-Sciences International 2019. Not only did this experience enabled me to learn so many new science projects, but I also met many like-minded individuals from all around the world!

We participated in several events throughout the week. Because MILSET was a conference rather than a competitive science fair, we had lots of time to explore Abu Dhabi and what it has to offer! Some of the most memorable tours included visiting Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and partaking in cultural night. Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, and it was spectacular to see this historic landmark and experience the cultural ramifications of this monument. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was a structure you have to see in order to fully take in. Its intricate interior and designs throughout the monument is a feat I was thankful to experience and take in. Cultural night was a great immersion into each and every country present at the conference, Each country had their own specific booth with games and souvenirs! Many participants held falcons, got hennas, and even had the chance to ride camels! I met many people from all around the world that night and it was certainly a night to remember.

This experience at Abu Dhabi has definitely inspired me to continue pursuing my passion for science. Students thinking about starting a science fair project should reach for the stars and go for it! Everyone learns from trying new things, and as long as you are persistent, passionate, and committed, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. I am excited to continue participating in science related events and competitions, and hope many similar opportunities arise in the future!