Pakistani students at Int. Science & Engg fair

Karachi, May 16(The News): Three students from Pakistan, including two girls, will participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

As many as 1,500 high school students from 51 countries will compete for more than four million dollars at the world's largest science fair which commences on Tuesday at Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

The event is being held under the auspices of the Intel Corporation, according to a press release. Students representing Pakistan at the international event are: Mufadil Mansoor of the Aga Khan High School, Karachi: Kulsoom Bilal of the Government Kinnard High School, Lahore; and Fatima Shami of Headstart School, Islamabad.

According to the announcement, the top three winners alone would each be awarded a 50,000-dollar scholarship by the Intel Corporation. The students' projects encompass a wide range of disciplines that often address issues that have baffled scientists for years and which could well lead to major scientific breakthroughs.

More than 20 per cent of the young scientists competing in the Fair 2007 either have a patent or have applied for one for their work. The announcement further pointed out that this year's projects tackle such themes as climate change, solar-powered water generator, and a device to increase the mileage of hybrid vehicles, cancer treatment including a way to prevent the development and progression of lung cancer and a way to identify cells that contribute to cancer growth which may be critical targets for chemotherapy and engineering solutions, a robot that uses artificial intelligence and an aeroplane engine that can run on compressed air. Finalists were chosen from a pool of millions of science fair participants around the world.



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