(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The competition in progress.
DOHA: Algeria’s Mourad Mohamed Benosman and Syria’s Yaman Abou Jieb overtook fellow innovators in a lively Stars of Science elimination episode on MBC4 securing place in the next stage of the programme.
After a tough critique from the jury Jordan’s Maymoona Ayesh and Lebanon’s Adib Al Ghossein’s journeys on the programme ended. On Stars of Science Qatar Foundation’s (QF) ‘edutainment reality’ TV programme young innovators compete to turn their ideas into reality.
Twelve candidates in 18-30 age group from the Arab world arrive in Doha where they are mentored by world-class engineering and design specialists in laboratories of Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) a member of QF.
There innovators take on challenges as they develop their ideas from a concept to a potential product highlighting the show’s dedication to QF’s vision of fostering a culture of quality and excellence.
In the engineering stage candidates were tasked with creating a working prototype of their ideas with the help of mentors. Their prototypes the result of countless hours in the laboratory can potentially have impact in many fields.
Maymoona’s Date Pits Filter in Desalination a water filter that uses pits of the popular fruit to remove salt to make saltwater consumable and Yaman’s Solar Washing Machine which recycles water and runs on solar energy are modern innovations that address the need for water and energy conservation.
Adib’s Ergonomic Activity Desk Lamp which automatically adjusts lighting for many tasks can prevent mistakes caused by suboptimal conditions and boost productivity in the workplace. The ECG Wearable Stress Analyser pioneered by Mourad is a novel device that can measure heart rate and differentiate between physical and mental stress to improve health diagnoses.
Standing between the four candidates and a spot in the forthcoming design stage were three judges to choose two candidates to progress based on prototype performance (50 percent) product outlook (30 percent) and resourcefulness and leadership exhibited by the candidate (20 percent).