a boy (probably not a Muslim) at a science fair
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SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
An Egyptian teenager (Abdullah Assem) won a 2014 Google science prize for designing and building a far less expensive version of a German-invented device that tracks the movement of the eye, allowing people with spinal cord injury to spell commands to a computer.
Egyptian news media and http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/07/egypt-biofuel-plastic/ falsely reported that Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad in 2011 at age 16 of Alexandria Egypt “invented” using the catalyst aluminosilicate for breaking down high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in plastic drink bottles into a mixture of methane, propane and ethane, which can then be burned as a fuel.
Actually, this impractical catalyst process she summarized in her science fair entry had been invented and patented by Americans in 1958. http://www.google.com/patents/US3373109
Another science fair entry at this European Union science fair was 2 young Egyptian teenagers who submitted an impractical proposal of using termites to process paper mill solid waste into methane fuel.
Naomi Shah (a Muslim American girl whose grandparents may have fled the 1979 Islamic revolution of Iran) in 2011 won an age 15-16 Google science fair prize for gathering statistics on how out of breath asthmatic patients were at various levels of indoor air pollutants, summarizing the results in a formula, and making inexpensive air filters. She advocates cleaning air ducts, installing hard floors instead of carpets, and passing laws to regulate pollutants not currently regulated. She is the 3rd girl in the video at
Four Egyptian teenagers won prizes at the 2012 Google science fair
My guess is that Omar Obeya’s binary search computer algorithm rather than for example splitting a group of 11 entries into 2 groups of 5 entries each, instead split it into a group of 7 entries and a group of 3 entries, resulting in less searches.
Khalil Ibrahim’s project was to “make the internet safer”.
Reda Abdallah’s entry was she gathered statistics of the success rate of different treatments for Alzheimer’s.
Menna Abdel-Gawad’s entry was she read about desalinating seawater and about using bacteria to produce methane from garbage, and advocated it as a less expensive source of energy for desalinating seawater. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1l-eN8hLXne7Vk9BZB4bfOtE6FlDW8SD9mlCz00egBIM/embed?hl=en&size=l&start=true&slide=id.gaf0afa2_0_6
In 2014, several Muslim teenagers won prizes at a science fair in Virginia.
A brother and sister team probably compared the effectiveness of peppermint oil and orange peel oil to repel pavement ants.
3 boys received an honorable mention for baking a loaf of bread and summarizing what they read about the chemical reactions of baking.
At the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Aishah Ahmed won 3rd Place Grand Award in her age category for her project summarizing what she had read in science journals about adverse effects of a neonicotinoid insecticide.
Aisha Parven was one of the award winners in the 2015 Toronto University Science Fair for her summàry of journal articles about “Combining nanoparticles to inhibit the growth of MDA MB-231, a breast tumor cell line”.
AHMADI SCIENCE FAIRS
The Abdus Salam Science Fair is held in Canada each year for Ahmadi Muslim teenagers. The 2013 winners were Fatir Ahmed Qureshi and Haris Qureshi for their project “The Origin of Life”, summarizing scientific articles they had read.
An organization of Ahmadi Muslim scientists in the United States held a science fair in February 2014 for Ahmadi children and college students. http://muslimscientists.org/poster-session-winners/
Entries of girls summarized what they had read about “Raman Spectroscopy [frequency shift of laser light] of Graphene Oxide” and “Cryptic Genetic Variation in Three-spined Stickleback [fish]”.
The stickleback entry dealt with genuine scientific evolution of random mutations and competition within a species.
Fatima Sunderji won 3rd place in her age group for all schools of Canada for her project about anti-microbial properties of spices.
She is a student at a Shis school.
ISLAMIC SCIENCE FAIR
An Islamic school in Calgary Canada in 2012 held an annual science fair. An exhibit by a girl showed NASA photographs of small superficial marks on the moon, but she falsely claimed this proves the Muslim belief that the prophet Mohammed split the moon in two.
A boy’s exhibit was of what he located on the internet about nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapons. He performed an experiment of using electricity to overload low voltage electronic components.
Egyptian teenager Aisha Mustafa in 2012 (perhaps as a science fair project) summarized what she had read in science magazines or science journals about the theoretical possibility that a device could be built powered by the Casimir-Polder force of quantum physics to propel a spacecraft.
See the home page of http://alienscientist.com/
Such a “silicon array propulsion” device would tap the energy of changing magnetic fields by placing plates of silicon a few angstroms away from each other.
Egyptian news media falsely reported she had invented or built such a device. The false media report was likely a result of the girl’s teacher, who did not realize the girl was only summarizing something she had read about.
In 2013 a 20-year old Palestinian woman named Iqbal Al Assaad became the youngest person to graduate from Cornell University’s Qatar campus of its medical school. She may have been the youngest Arab medical doctor ever. Non-Muslims, however, have become medical doctors at ages as young as 17.
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