151 Saudi students compete in National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity (Ibdaa 2020)

World Yen Doran 13-Feb-2020
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A prestigious national Olympiad aimed at identifying the next generation of Saudi scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs has taken place in Riyadh on Feb. 12.

The National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity (Ibdaa 2020), organised by the King Abdul Aziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Education, participated with a total of 151 students.

The Mawhiba and Ministry of Education partnership aims to identify and develop young Saudi talents through the Ibdaa competition.

More than 75,000 students throughout the Kingdom applied to take part in the contest which involves thousands of educational supervisors, ministry officials and scientific experts who assist the students with their research projects.

The winning 27 contestants will be revealed at its closing ceremony on Feb. 15 under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

Students participating in the competition have already completed their projects at King Saud University in line with the scientific ethical regulations adopted by a jury of eight members. Judging will take place on Feb. 13 and 14.

The Olympiad entrants will be presenting their research in 21 different scientific fields and a committee of 31 academic experts will pick the winning projects to go through to represent the Kingdom at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF 2020) in California, in May.

Those chosen to compete at the ISEF 2020 will be up against 2,000 students representing 90 countries.