The event will be held at the headquarters of the Science Teacher Association in the Al Nozha district to select the best 2 out of 54 science and research projects submitted through the competition’s website by female students from various public high schools in Kuwait.
The names of the Kuwaiti winning projects that will qualify to compete against other GCC countries will be announced on Sunday 21 April 2013 at the Costa Del Sol Hotel.
The 2013 Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition is held under the patronage of H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, and is envisioned by Sheikha Fadyah Saad Al Abdullah Al Salem Al Sabah, who plays a vital role in personally following up with Education Ministers and student activity managers from the participating GCC countries.
The Science Committee will make its final decisions in the honorary presence of Sheikha Fadyah Saad Al Abdullah Al Salem Al Sabah in addition to the Director of Student Activities at the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Mona Al Fareeh, and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Student Activities, and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Public Education.
The judging panel comprises of well reputed professors and experts in various science fields from Kuwait University and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), and includes Dr. Najat Al Mutawaa, Dr. Nawal Al Othman, Dr. Souad Al Fareeh, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Najjar Dr. Ali Al Kandari, Dr. Abd Al Mutawaa and Ms. Budour Al Shebly.
Commenting on the competition, Ms. Reem Al Hunaidi, Executive Director of the 2013 Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition said: “The Judging Committee has raised the judging standards this year and set rigorous terms to ensure the high quality of the project qualifying to compete against other student projects participating from other GCC countries.”
Al Hunaidi added: “The judging criteria include the creative description of a subject in a specific field, research methodologies, references, literary and scientific studies that were used, degree of depth in demonstrating the importance of research, clarity of the presentation and the poster designed by the group, teamwork, and the knowledge of each group member of the project details.”
The goal of this competition is to encourage female students from the participating GCC countries that include Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, to reach new horizons in pursuit of their scientific education, develop their critical and analytical thinking by turning their scientific ideas into a reality, as well as providing them with the opportunity to patent their innovative and exceptional projects.
The Ibtikar competition is also a scientific forum where female students from various GCC countries can meet and share their knowledge, experience and interests while also allowing talented youth to discuss scientific matters with notable scientists and researchers to increase their chances of success.
The Ibtikar competition came to fruition from a memorandum of cooperation signed between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition. The competition is supervised by MoE representatives from the department of Student Activities and Public Science Guidance.
The Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition organizes numerous workshops and training that help raise interest and a better understanding of the importance of providing female students with scientific expertise. This includes instilling the values of teamwork and sound implementation, acquiring effective presentation skills, learning how to write a practical research paper, improving self-motivation skills and exploring internet research tools.
It also allows participants to communicate with various members of the seven qualifying teams and have their questions answered by the judges who are available to provide them with the guidance and direction they need.
The Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition will provide up to KD 150 to each of the seven teams to assist them in developing their project. The final science fair between all competing teams will be held on 18 April 2013, at the headquarters of the Science Teacher Association in Al Nozha district in Kuwait.
The Kuwait Ibtikar Science Competition is a non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting and increasing access to higher education for talented young female students with interest and passion for scientific research.
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