The event took place at the capital of North Lebanon, Tripoli, at the Safadi Cultural Center, where several departments from the University of Balamand demonstrated a number of exciting experiments and projects to a large crowd of school students’, parents and curious visitors.
The departments included Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics from the Faculty of Sciences along with the Department of Psychology from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Departments of Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Jihad Attieh, The Dean of the Faculty, cordially welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of science and scientific discoveries and achievements since they are not but a step forward to humanity, especially in a country like Lebanon where many bright researchers are seeking work opportunities abroad rather than investing their potential in Lebanon.
I have personally participated with The Computer Science Department team where we have demonstrated some games, as prepared by the team, to the school students’ who have expressed their curiosity and interest in trying all the displayed experiments. Besides, we have also introduced the young generation to Microsoft’s Kodu, a software that grant the children the chance to create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language
In brief, this event was filled with the spirit of discovery, friendly competition and fun. Since this science fair motivated the learners toward science and increased the interest in being researchers, I hope to have such festivals more often in an attempt to bring to a close the Lebanese brain drain.