Muscat: Replicas of all seven wonders of the world, made of recycled material, wowed the visitors at the design and construction exhibition on Tuesday.
Having learnt from the very first masters of engineering, more than 200 Omani and expatriate junior students from four colleges displayed their projects at the Caledonian College of Engineering.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Egyptian Pyramids, Taj Mahal and many more miniatures of iconic architectural creations won much praise from the audience.
The winners will receive certificates and incentives, according to the organisers. “This competition allows foundation and pre-foundation students to know which engineering major suits them the best,” said Ahmed Al Humairi, advisor at the college.
He explained that such an experience offers the young students a wonderful opportunity to interact with the people and share their ideas in confidence.
“Eleven teams took part in the contest, each comprising around 25 students,” said Amal Usman, a head of department and organiser of the event. She said that a panel of judges will choose the winner.
“We introduced this idea to encourage creativity and raise awareness about recycling,” she explained. Ali Al Ghafri, supervisor of the event, said some groups even used an advanced technology to create 3D models of their miniature building before actually creating the same. “There is so much excitement here and the product is really good,” Al Ghafri added.
One of the eye-catching displays was the ‘Sea Jewel,’ a model of a 2-storey floating hotel made of glass. Al Humairi said the project applied many different engineering solutions.
The Caledonian College of Engineering offers scholarships in electrical, computer, mechanical, industrial engineering and more.