(MENAFN - Arab News) Over 20,000 Saudi students have registered for participation in the upcoming National Olympiads for Science and Innovation.
The Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for the Gifted and Creativity (KACFGC) or "Mawhiba" urge more students at intermediate and secondary grade level to take part in the contest.
The finals will be held in Riyadh from March 16-20, 2013.
Mawhiba said 4,741 boys and 4,430 girls would be participating in the innovation category and 7,398 boys and 4,458 girls in the course of scientific research. The total number of participating schools is 3,531 schools, while the number of projects submitted is 385.
General Supervisor of the Olympiads Ahmed Al-Baloushi, stressed that the competition is a good opportunity for youngsters to discover their talent and develop their skills according to the latest scientific methods. Participation would contribute to building a knowledge
He added that all participants in the qualification would be regarded as creative and there would be no losers in the Olympiads.
He continued, "The Olympiads have scored success year after year, while expanding on participation in the number of students, schools and projects submitted. Mawhiba and the ministry seek each year to improve the Olympiads."
Saudi Arabia recently honored 41 students and innovators for their world and Arab record in the Global Olympiads in mathematics, physics and innovation that took place in four different countries this year. The students won gold medals in innovation and mathematics and received bronze in physics. Saudi Arabia has overtaken many developed countries in Europe and Asia with this landmark achievement and brought laurels to the Arab world.