Engineering the Future


Five Cambridge International School — Dubai students showcased their inventions at an event held under the patronage of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance.

From 26-28 February, five students from Cambridge International School — Dubai (CIS) participated in Maker Faire Dubai to share their inventions, along with 159 other innovators from around the world.

The Maker Faire Dubai, an international event, was held under the initiative of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance and is one of the largest events that embraces innovative projects from young people inside and outside the UAE.

It brings together curious people, from engineers, to artists, to scientists, to crafters, and reflects the country’s ongoing efforts to foster a culture of innovation and drive talent for creativity. One of the winning projects was Research Enhanced Application for Computerized Hands (REACH), innovated by Brent Adrial Dsouza, a Year 8 CIS student.

Brent’s objective was to build a robotic hand that would allow amputees to regain their sense of touch, and he would like to further develop it to be sensitive to temperature as well. The plan is to be able to produce it using 3D printing and implement it in a clinical setting. His prototype uses future-based technologies and was very well received by visiting national and international experts.

On the final day of the event, Brent was presented an award by Dr. Jamal Al Muhairi, the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Excellence in Educational Performance.

Brent, who is also the Secondary Innovation Ambassador at his school, was truly elated and said, “It was a unique opportunity to exhibit my project to many government officials, experts and specialists in the field of innovation. Investing my time and efforts, overcoming challenges and facing the jury has helped me reach this level. I want to thank Ms. Lynda Fernandes, CIS Innovation Leader, and all the teachers of my school who are a source of inspiration and support to me.”

CIS Students