Young scientific minds impress at Qatar Steam Fair

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Published March 13th, 2016 - 06:57 GMT
Over 300 students from elementary and secondary schools across Doha competed in the second edition of the Qatar STEAM Fair held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)
Over 300 students from elementary and secondary schools across Doha competed in the second edition of the Qatar STEAM Fair held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)

Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s (QF R&D) annual  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Fair (Qatar STEAM Fair) came to a close on Thursday. Organised in collaboration with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of QF R&D, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the three-day event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

By encouraging creativity with scientific inquiry and enabling students to develop a wide range of skills necessary to succeed in the field of science, Qatar STEAM Fair supports Qatar Foundation’s mission to build and develop Qatar’s capacity for creativity and critical thinking.

The second edition of the fair brought together some of the brightest scientific minds from around the country.  With 330 students competing, 65 percent of whom were Qatari, from 67 independent and international middle and secondary schools, it boasted record participation. Additionally, a total of 170 research projects were presented over the course of the fair.

“The second edition of the competition has been a phenomenal success, with record participation. This year we introduced the Mentor Program, which, I believe, gave students the additional support and guidance they needed to succeed,’’ said Dr Hamad Al Ibrahim, Executive Vice President at Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) and Chairman of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

‘’Qatar STEAM is the only competition of its kind in the country that enables young students to develop their research skills and explore the field of science in an exciting yet intense setting. It’s been incredible to witness the tremendous talent and ability displayed by the participants who, I have no doubt, will go on to make significant contributions to Qatar and the field of science,’’ Dr Al Ibrahim added.

Participants presented their research projects to a judging panel comprising of 56 leading industry experts from local education institutions and ministries, who assessed project submissions in Computing, Biomedicine, Mathematics & Physics, Basic Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Energy, Behavioural, and Social Sciences. Judges awarded prizes in each category to the projects that were the most innovative and demonstrated sound research skills.

In the Grand Awards category, Sara Khalaf Al Kubaisi and Tamara Ismail Bashir from Moza Bint Mohammed Preparatory Independent School for Girls won first place for their project titled ‘The Impact of Sports Jacket on Amending the Runner’s Spine during Athletic Running’. Abdulrahman A. Mohammed and Ahmed S. El Hamamsi from Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys took home second place, while Maryam A. AlAnsari and Heba Redwan from Al Eman Independent Secondary School for Girls were awarded third place.

Furthermore, Mohammed K. Al Sheebani and Ahmed R. Mohmoud from Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Preparatory Independent  School for Boys; Khaloud K. Al Hajri and Usra A. El Shaikh from Al Rayyan Al Jadeed Secondary Independent School for Girls; and Dhabya M. Al Habab and Sara M. Al Kaabi from Qatar Banking Studies And Business Administration Secondary Independent School for Girls came fourth, five, and sixth, respectively.

“In addition to promoting science-based careers and nurturing the minds of budding scientists, Qatar STEAM grants winners an unprecedented opportunity to showcase their scientific research on a world renowned platform. We are proud to have six of the winners representing us on an international level later this year,” said Reema Abu Khadija, Director of the Office of Education Supervision at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The Grand champions will go on to represent Qatar at the renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held from 8th – 13th May 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, US,  and the Intel Arab Fair set to take place later this year.

Additionally, new to this year’s edition of the fair were three student choice prizes, which were granted to projects that received the highest votes by fellow students. This year also saw the introduction of the Special Awards category, which was sponsored by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), and General Electric (GE).

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