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Inspiring Young Minds, Inspired by Science

The grand winners of the Intel National Science Olympiad 2009, held earlier this year in Islamabad, represented Pakistan at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The representatives were Malik Usama from Pak Turk International School and College, Khairpur, who was an individual finalist with his project ‘Waste water sewage treatment’, and group finalists Mohammad Naeem Khan and Syed Zaki Hussain from Sir Syed Science College, Rawalpindi, with their project ‘Hovercraft’.

The National Science Olympiad is a highly successful regional competition which has gained momentum across Pakistan, with exponential growth in participation year-on-year.

Inspiring Young Minds, Inspired by Science Inspiring Young Minds, Inspired by Science

“Pakistan is home to an incredible amount of untapped potential and talent, as demonstrated by the high number of participants qualifying for the National Science Olympiad 2009. These students have excelled in their field, enabling them to compete against students from across the country,” said Muhammad Ismail, Deputy Educational Advisor Federal Ministry of Education.

The contestants emerged from a field of thousands who participated in science fairs across the country during the academic year. They moved on to compete with more than 6,500 students at provincial and district fairs. This year, over 200 students from more than 75 institutions participated in the National Science Olympiad, with more than 120 projects covering a wide variety of topics. The entries provided a glimpse into the diverse concerns and interests of today's young people. Many entries, including several top winners this year, addressed key global environmental concerns and offered novel solutions to pressing energy and pollution problems.

“Teachers hope to make it easier for their students to advance their projects outside of class. They push them to limits, to invent new techniques, and to look at problems in new ways,” said Murat Yakut, supervisor to Usama Ahmed Awan. “The middle and high school students who participated in Intel ISEF are the innovators of tomorrow. Continuing the long-standing commitment to education-related programs and innovative research, Intel Education also encourages these students to participate in other international competitions.”

Intel ISEF finalist, Usama Ahmed Awan of Pak Turk International School & College, Khairpur Branch, won a gold medal in the 17th International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) in Istanbul, Turkey in May. He won a gold medal in the 6th International Education & Science Olympics, also held in Turkey in May.

Raja Ahsan Mehmood of Pak Turk International School & College, Peshawar, secured a bronze medal in the Senior Energy Division at the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, and Environment) Project (ISWEEP) Olympiad in the U.S. The ISWEEP 2009 Olympiad was held in April, 2009 in Houston, Texas, with participants from more than 51 countries. Raja Ahsan presented a scientific research project titled ‘Glamour Glory Car’. His project was also recognised with a cash award of $500, a Special Award of $1000 by Silicon Laboratories and a Scholarship Grant from Louisiana State University.

Local female students sent their research projects to the Korea International Women Invention Exposition held in May, 2009 at Seoul, Korea and won one gold and two bronze medals. Students from Islamabad Model College for Girls, G-10/2, Islamabad, won the gold medal with their project ‘Room/water heating with waste heat of kitchen’. Meanwhile, a student from Federal Government College for Women, G-10/4, Islamabad and students from Mama Parsi Girls High School, Karachi, won bronze medals in their respective categories for projects titled ‘Effect of atrazine toxic chemical on development of chick embryo’ and ‘Green electricity’.

Muhammad Talha Hanif, a student of Pak Turk International School & College, Peshawar, won the gold medal at the 3rd IYIPO, International Young Inventors Project Olympiad 2009 held at Tbilisi, Georgia in May.