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YSC students win big in Korea International Youth Olympiad

YSC students win big in Korea 
International Youth Olympiad

Tribune News Network
Qatar University’s (QU) Young Scientists Center (YSC) students continue to succeed in International competitions for invention and innovation. The most recent achievement is victory of a group of students in the Fifth Korea International Youth Olympiad in 2020 with innovations developed at the centre.
The announcement of winners was made on Wednesday recently. A number of students at the centre, which included a student from QU, won gold and a group of high school students won bronze.
The annual Olympiad is an opportunity to share ideas, innovations, inventions and IP projects with the world. It aims to nurture future world leaders and encourage them to be creative, develop their talents and broaden their horizons by exchanging ideas with students from all over the world.
The Olympiad is organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Inventors’ Association.
This big win was achieved for Qatar University and the participating students from among 210 advanced projects from 20 countries.
The first project titled ‘Marine Biodegradable Plastic from Soybean byproducts’ won a gold award and a special award in the ‘Best of Best Invention’ category.
Sharifa Al Mohannadi, a student at the College of Engineering, developed this project during her participation in one of the centre’s programmes, ‘I am a Researcher’.
This innovation is concerned with manufacturing a new type of biodegradable polymer from soybean residues for use in safe and environmentally friendly packaging applications. This type of plastic will help solve the problem of recycling and treating plastic waste, which has become one of the major concerns around the world.
The invention was carried out and developed under the supervision of researchers at Qatar University, using the latest equipment, manufacturing and testing methods.
The second project titled ‘Fabricate Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposites for Transparent and Eco-friendly Electronics’ won the bronze prize in the Team Competition for Creativity category. The project aims to manage electronic waste by making electronic products that are biodegradable. This will lead to natural and quick degradation without harming the environment.
Two students, Sarah Al Maadeed and Sham Al Homsi, implemented the project in Qatar University’s specialised laboratories over several months. It is worth noting that the same project is nominated to win the National Research competition in Qatar 2020.
The Young Scientists Center mainly focuses on engaging youth in scientific and research activities and building their competencies in advanced sciences related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The centre also works with Qatari youth and encourages them to participate in scientific research and innovation competitions to present their distinguished works at the international and local platforms. So far, students participating in the centre’s various programmes have won 34 local and international awards since its initiation in 2010.
Dr Noora Al Thani, director of the Young Scientists Center, expressed her pride in the great victory achieved by the students.
She said, “I am happy with the success achieved by the students affiliated with the centre who competed with their peers from all over the world. I hope that these competitions will constitute the beginning of their lives.”
Dr Noora thanked those who believe in the centre’s outputs of promising Qatari competencies, namely UNESCO, the Doha Office, the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and the sponsors of the centre, Ras Laffan Industrial City Community Outreach Program.