Karachi students win top slot at National Science Olympiad
KARACHI: A team of students from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Karachi has won the Intel National Science Olympiad (NSO). Arif Pyar Ali, Zehra Suleman and Sara Moiz, developed a drug therapy with Selvey nano particles to cure Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
Raja Ahsan Mahmood (Project, ‘Variable Colour Thermometer’) and Mohammad Owais (Project, ‘Ultimate Control’) both students of the Pak-Turk International School, Peshawar, were the winners in the individual category. These students will now represent Pakistan at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
More than 300 students and teachers from across Pakistan attended the olympiad, which is affiliated with the Intel ISEF. The Intel NSO is one of the world’s largest pre-college science competitions, showcasing more than 120 science projects submitted by young scientists from across the nation. These projects were selected through the Intel Provincial Science Fairs held throughout Sindh, Punjab, NWFP and Balochistan. The young scientists presented innovative research-based projects in the categories of biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics.
For the past two years, students from Pakistan have won laurels for the country at the ISEF held in the US.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest celebration of science. Student finalists, in grades nine through 12, emerge from a field of approximately one million students who compete in more than 500 regional Intel ISEF. Approximately 1,500 students from across the world compete for up to US$ 4 million in scholarships, prizes and grants.