Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Different from any other phase, the engineering episode distinguishes itself in the true testing of the prototype where functionality is the main focus for either a successful or failed idea. The top 10 candidates used all the resources they have over the week to manufacture a prototype that best reflects the criteria they were going to be graded on as they were ready to face the jury once again.

Permanent jurors Dr. Fuad Mrad and Mr. Youssif Salhi welcomed the Stars of Science veteran VIP juror Dr. Farouk El Baz as well as Dr. Eyad Masaad, Assistant Dean for Research & Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University at Qatar, who also returned once again to the program as Education City jury member.

Alaa Al Rawi was the first to take the stage with a strong explanation as to why her auto-adjusted comfortable seatbelt failed the test. The 3 centimeter distance the seatbelt had on the dummy was worrying enough for Dr. Mrad to call it a “malfunction”. On the other hand, Doumir’s test on an injured camel proved that his prototype can accurately predict the precise location of the camel’s injury.

To truly assess the prototypes, the jury decided to test the prototype firsthand. Dr. Farouk El Baz volunteered to try out Nouf’s automated reflexology glove to get an actual feel of the pressure it exerts on the hand while comparing the pressure with the reflexology permanent juror, Mr. Youssif, was performing on his right hand. Dr. Eyad Masaad went even further by testing Mohamed Islam’s navigation device for the blind by closing his eyes and allowed the device to guide him through the space. After hitting a stool several times, Dr. Masaad was ready to properly provide Mohamed with a grade.

On the other hand, Sherif brought a hearing impaired person to test his device in a live demonstration to prove his speech synthesizer for the language impaired was effective and functional at this stage of the innovation cycle.

After hearing about FIFA’s new goal line technology device, Mohammed Al Kuwari was challenged to differentiate his device from existing technologies in the market and he did just that. His main concern now was convincing the jury that the ball will always be detected even after crossing the link in the goal keeper’s arms.

The candidates were ready to hear the results that would determine which top 6 candidates will go through to the next phase and they read as follows:

Mohammed Doumir - Camel Racing Diagnostic Boots/ 91.7%

Waleed Jan - Mechanical Braille Editor/ 84.5%

Mohammed Al Kuwari - Automated Verdict in Disputed Football Scoring/ 83.5%

Anwar Almojarkesh - Assistive Pillow for Hearing Impaired/ 82.5%

Sherif Yahia - Speech Synthesizer for the Language Impaired/ 81.7%

Mohamed Amine Besbes - Virtual 3D Drawing Pen/ 71%


The journey ended here for Mohammed Islam, Mohammed Ismail, Nouf Al Asfour and Alaa Al Rawi as we wish them the best of luck on their future scientific endeavours!

Stay tuned to MBC4 on October 25th at 8PM KSA as the candidates meet the jury once again with fully functional, fully designed prototypes! 


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