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MENAFN Press - 07/10/2012

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(MENAFN Press) Last episode of docu-reality show Stars of Science on MBC4 revealed more details about the 16 young Arab innovators who are now in the running for this season's coveted Stars of Science award. The candidates endured a series of psychological and physical assessments, including a rigorous physical boot camp and psychometric testing.

Rhonda Miller, an occupational psychologist enlisted to facilitate some of the challenges, said: "All 16 candidates were given online psychometric tests that would be considered standard practice if you were headhunting the best people for the job." The tests gave the candidates feedback on their characters and personality traits. She added: "Some of the candidates were genuinely surprised by what they heard."

The candidates began their journey in the Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Aspetar, where they underwent a VO2 Max test, designed to reveal their fitness levels under pressure. Dr. Julien Periard, the research scientist who set up the tests, confirmed that "a number of the candidates had an above-average fitness level".

Boot camp fitness experts Tim Numan and Graham Patterson also put some of the candidates through their paces in a number of physical activities, including navigating an intensive obstacle course and diving from a 10-meter height into the Aspire training pool. A mental challenge devised by a leading psychologist for use in corporate development workshops revealed the remaining candidates' approach to problem solving and teamwork.

A series of reports filmed in the candidates' home countries shed light on the inspirations behind their innovations as well as their visions.

Following an eight-country casting tour across the Arab world and a tough final selection process last week, this season's 16 Stars of Science candidates stood out in five distinct fields of innovation. Three candidates were selected in medical technology, five in consumer electronics, six in software-related innovations, and two in industrial processing and energy-related innovations.

Now in its 4th series, Stars of Science was initiated by Qatar Foundation to discover and nurture innovation in science and technology among Arab youth. Stars of Science Season Four consists of eight prime-time episodes, plus a live finale where the public will be invited to vote alongside the Jury. Episode 5 will be shown on Thursday October 11 (8:00pm KSA), with daily updates from Saturday to Wednesday at 5:00pm (5:00pm KSA) on MBC4. The program is hosted by Khaled Jumaily for a fourth season.


About MBC4
Qatar Foundation “ Unlocking Human PotentialQatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development. QF's education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community development pillar helps foster a progressive society while also enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar's heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.For a complete list of QF's initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qaAbout Stars of ScienceStars of Science is an original TV format, initiated by Qatar Foundation, which has been broadcast on over 17 TV channels throughout the Arab world. Currently in its fourth season, Stars of Science supports 16 young innovators who have an idea based on a novel scientific feature. Each project is developed for commercialization through several stages of the innovation cycle which includes proof of concept, engineering prototyping, design production and business feasibility.The four finalists are ranked by a jury and viewers in a live show in which the winning products are launched. The finalists receive a total cash prize of 600,000 to help them develop their product further.About MBC GroupMBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World which was launched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 20 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people's lives through information, interaction and entertainment. Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 11 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children's entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action (an indigenous Channel with local and homegrown productions), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel dubbed in Farsi) , Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Arabiya Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel)› Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC DRAMA offers 24/7 Arabic Drama; the Group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized documentary production unit. It has also several online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net (the first free VOD and catch up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, among others. As of July 2011, seven of MBC Group's channels began to air in HD across the MENA Region; the channels are: MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Drama, MBC Max and Al Arabiya News Channel. About MBC 4MBC4 is the Arab world's first exclusive tailored channel for Women and young Arab Families. It broadcasts the latest in top-rated Western content entertainment which airs the same time as in the US; in addition to locally produced flagship programming. The channel airs prime-time US shows such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, 90210, Brothers, Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Ringer, The Secret Circle, and The Good Wife, among other popular Turkish Drama soaps dubbed into Arabic. Today, the channel is more geared towards MBC Group's own local flagship productions, as well as towards some acquired Arabic content from across the MENA region. Currently, and after the huge success of Seasons 1 & 2, MBC4 have started production preparations of Season 3 of the region's favorite talent show, "Arabs Got Talent". Moreover, the channel has recently reached a social media milestone by exceeding 2 million fans on the Channel's official page on Facebook. For more information, contact:Zaina TahboubPR SupervisorMBC Group Tel: 04- 391 9999 ext 7394Email: Zaina.tahboub@mbc.net Website: www.mbc.net

 






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