Egyptian students shine at Intel Science Competition

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At an exposition recently held at Intel's Cairo office, eight Egyptian student winners of the Intel Science Competition, between the ages of 14 and 18, displayed their innovations. These winning projects will go on to compete at the regional level: the 2013 Intel Science Competition for the Arab World, taking place at the end of October. The regional competition will host 110 entrepreneurs from all over the Arab world, competing for a total prize sum of $170,000 USD.

The Middle East has witnessed a rise in science-focused competitions targeting school and college students over the past few years. The Google Science Fair and the UAE-based Think Science Competition are only two examples of the several science-focused competitions currently sponsored by social change organizations in the region.

The qualifying projects in Egypt cover a diverse range of topics not limited to technology, but also focused on electric power.

Mohammed and Tasneem Moustafa Moawad worked on a project to examine whether or not distilled water will react with plastic containers. The project reveals the importance of using silicon as an insulating material to stop harmful reactions between water and plastic containers, preserving water in a healthy state.

Another student, Mayar Tharwat Mohammed, studied the use of computer mouse to control a wheelchair. Her project uses an accelerometer, fixed to a person's upper body, to control the computer mouse pointer, which is then used to move the wheelchair. The project also employs an air-controlled key, which is operated by blowing air into it, instead of a mouse click button.

Nada Yousef Mahmoud worked on doubling the capacity of solar cells, using a layer of sapphire to modify the cells.

In a trial to help paralyzed patients, Moustafa Ali and Marwan Mahmoud’s project would allow people move objects through mental power, using bio-electric devices, without any adverse effects on the patient's brain.

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