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National Research Week: Qatar Scratch Coding Competition winners honoured

National Research Week: Qatar Scratch 
Coding Competition winners honoured

Tribune News Network
As part of the National Research Week, organised by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), more than 17 winning teams in the second edition of Qatar National Scratch Coding Competition (QNSCC) have been awarded in recognition of their achievement, at a glittering ceremony held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) recently.
Officials from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, QNRF, French Embassy and UNESCO’s Doha office took part in the event.
QNSCC aims to develop the youth’s creativity and innovation, and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in digital professions to prepare them for the future.
In its second edition, QNSCC saw the participation of more than 1,547 students from 102 schools, while more than 800 projects were evaluated by judges from QNRF, Qatar University, College of The North Atlantic, Stevens Institute of Technology -- USA and IRT System X -- France.
This competition was organised in partnership with UNESCO Doha Office, French Institute of Qatar and Zenhosting. Official Sponsors were Total, Ooredoo and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
The first prize in the Open Category – Elementary -- was granted to Karnick Elamparithikala Ashish Devan and Kalyana Sundaram mentored by Kala Renganathan from Noble International School Doha. The second prize went to Albara Ashour and Nizar Ahmed mentored by Lubaiba Ismail from Step One School, while the third prize was granted to Talel Mohamed Abd El Hamid and Omar Rachid Baraket mentored by Fatma Ouerfelli from Al-Manar Primary Model School for Boys.
In the Open Category - Junior, the first prize was received by Amana Sajid Alisha Abdul Nasir mentored by Naresh Kondapuram from Al Khor International. The second prize was awarded to Bassam El Merhebi mentored by Samer El Merhebi from Iycee Franco-Qatarien Voltaire – Salwa, and the third prize was granted to Jasmine Princess Boga and Talhah Peerbhai mentored by Andrew Mendy from Mesaieed International Private School.
In the Open Category – Senior, Richey Mary Jacob and Manal Abdul Jaleel mentored by Bharati Rameshbhai Patel from Al-Khor International School won the first prize, while Abd-El- Rahman Yasser mentored by Taha Dawam from Al Furqan Secondary School for Boys received the second prize.
In the Scrobot Category, Bassam El Merhebi was the first prize winner, followed by Asim Jawahir and Vyshnav Vijay in the second and third places, respectively.
Dr Abdul Sattar al Tae, CEO of QNRF, and Dr Abdulla al Kamali, programmes manager, were committed themselves to carrying out the judging procedures successfully through recommending renowned judges from several universities and institutions, including Dr Munir Tag, senior program manager of ICT at QNRF, who acted as the chief judge in the Open-Category finals of the competition.
QNSCC was founded by Eman Khouja, computer science & technology teacher at the French-Qatari School Voltaire, and Dr Dhafer Ben Arbia, QNSCC Co-founder and research Scientist.