March 12, 2016

Young Scientific Minds Impress at Qatar STEAM Fair

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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. Organized in collaboration with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the three-day event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
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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.
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The second edition of the fair brought together some of the brightest scientific minds from around the country. There were 330 students competing from 67 independent and international middle and secondary schools and 65 percent were Qataris. Additionally, a total of 170 research projects were presented over the course of the fair.

Participants presented their research projects to a judging panel that comprises 56 leading industry experts from local education institutions and ministries, who assessed project submissions in computing, biomedicine, mathematics and physics, basic sciences, engineering, chemistry, energy, behavioral, and social Sciences. Judges awarded prizes in each category to the projects that were most innovative and demonstrated sound research skills.
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The Grand champions will go on to represent Qatar at the renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held from May 8 to 13, 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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