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In a bid to prove that their products were ready for user testing, the show’s five remaining contestants presented their prototypes in last night’s production prototyping episode on Season 11 of Stars of Science.
Overcoming challenges in science and innovation, Nuha Abu Yousef, Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, Husam Sameer, Youssef El Azouzi and Anfal Al Hamdani demonstrated their knowledge in industrial design to the jury. At this stage of the competition, any engineering concerns should have been resolved, and the participants are expected to have begun integrating aesthetic and ergonomic considerations in their design.
“The most important goal for any product is to prove it works, without question. However, it is equally important that users comprehend and appreciate the design so that they can make room for it in their daily lives,” said Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, a Stars of Science jury member. “Our Season 11 innovators have shown that they can engineer their way around technical challenges, but from this point on, they need to prove that they can market their product too.”
Husam kept his Stars of Science journey alive as his Efficient Comfort Concrete Panel passed its respective tests, successfully maintaining a cool temperature in a full-scale room for an hour and a half. The concrete panels did this by utilizing their unique hollow-core construction, which allows for improved cooling through more efficient air circulation.
However, it was the medical innovations that stole the show. The jury had the chance to try Nuha’s Active Lazy Eyelid Sticker, asking her questions about its weight and size as they took turns wearing the device. The sticker, which stimulates the muscles responsible for closing the eye in patients with afflicted facial muscles and ensure it blinks in unison with their unaffected eye, ended up garnering the highest marks from the jury.
“Nuha faced the challenges of being both a mother and an ambitious young woman in the scientific field despite the unique pressures they hold!” noted Khalid Al Jumaily, Stars of Science long-standing host. “She set a remarkable example for Arab women on how to tackle challenges in science and innovation.”
Youssef El Azouzi and his Flow Modulator Stent were not far behind in the voting, as he confidently answered every concern the jury had about his invention; while expert mentors hailed Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis for the quality of his Interactive Educational Prayer Carpet and his ability to successfully innovate a religious tool.
Unfortunately, Anfal Al Hamdani and her Dry Lime Auto Extractor fell short of the jury’s expectations. The extractor, which is designed to extract the carpel of dry citrus fruits by separating it from the pulp while preserving the nutrients, still produced unusable material. Anfal had to leave the competition, but she remained adamant that this was not the end of her innovation journey as she plans to travel to Singapore to continue working on her project and obtain a Master’s degree. “To all innovators watching; pursue your idea, no matter how small it might be. Present it to the world and challenge all the hardships you face with courage and patience,” she said.
Sadeq Qasem, Stars of Science Season 2 winner, co-hosted this week’s episode alongside the show’s longtime host Khalid Al Jumaily. Holder of the Excellence and Creativity Award in Entrepreneurship by the Emir of Kuwait, Sadeq – an innovator and entreprenur – shared some widsom with all the contestants, motivating them to stay focused on their goals and on the needs of their target markets. Sadeq also encouraged them to enjoy every minute of their Stars of Science journey, urging them to continue their work even after the show. He said, “Do not focus on the prizes and awards, focus on the future and ask yourselves – what will I do in the future with my project?”
For a full broadcast guide to Stars of Science Season 11, visit www.starsofscience.com
About Stars of Science
As the premier innovation show in the Arab world, Stars of Science – the edutainment TV initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF) – empowers Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their communities, benefitting people’s health and lifestyles, and helping to preserve the environment.
Over a nine-week process, the contestants demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions in a shared innovation space, competing against time with the support of a team of experienced engineers and product developers. An expert panel of jurors assess and eliminate innovators and their projects every week across several prototyping and testing rounds, until only four finalists remain to compete for a share of $600,000 in seed funding. Jury deliberation and online voting from the public determine the rankings.
Stars of Science will air every Friday on Qatar TV and every Saturday on various channels across the region, from September 13, 2019 to November 9, 2019. Please visit the broadcast guide for channels and timings: starsofscience.com
Details on regional broadcasting:
Qatar, Qatar TV: (GMT +3)
Fridays: 10:00 PM
Rerun Saturdays 5:00 PM
Kuwait, Al Rai: (GMT +3)
Saturdays: 9:40 PM
Iraq, Alsumaria: (GMT +3)
Saturdays: 9:30 PM
Jordan, Al Roya: (GMT+3)
Saturdays: 10:00 PM
Lebanon, LBC: (GMT +2)
Saturdays: 7:00 PM
Algeria, Echorouk TV: (GMT+1)
Saturdays: 7:00 PM
Oman, Oman TV: (GMT+4)
Saturdays: 9:00 PM
Al Araby TV: ( GMT)
Saturdays: 6:00 PM
Website – www.starsofscience.com
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Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
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