By: Wafaa Fayez
CAIRO, Aug. 12 (SEE)- Their young age was not a hurdle for them to proceed with dreaming and score outstanding progress in researches that won many arab and foreign prizes. A group of young talented students succeeded in getting patents and travelled to many developed countries to present their projects and innovative researches.
SEE reached out to some of them where they talked about the most important projects and innovations and their cost, after they were honored by ‘Credit Agricole’ association in the framework of ‘Egypt’s glory’ initiative in cooperation with ‘Education first’ foundation.
Felipe Atef (12 years old), finished first, nationally, and third, in the arab competition. Atef succeeded in innovating an irrigation machine equipped with a sensitive device to measure the moisture percentage in the agricultural soil. In the case where the soil needs water, the machine gives a signal to the water pipe to irrigate the plants, and the machine is closed automatically after getting a sign that the soil has its need of water.
Talking to SEE, Atef said that the innovation helps in reducing the irrigation water by around 50% and its cost is 500 EGP which is relatively low. He pointed out to the cost of the machine internationally as $14 thousands.
Rawan Mohamed (16 years old), living in Demiat governorate, has innovated a machine, that translate the sign language into audible and written talk, and vice versa.
She explained to SEE that the machine which is equipped with a camera can spot the signs and translate them into texts. “This helps in maintaining communication between people and others with special needs’ she added.
She pointed out that she wants this to be used as an app in the mobile phones, to help the people with special needs to be able communicate in a natural way. This innovation finished first in Demiat governorate.
Ahmed ElSheikh and Ahmed ElShennawy, are students who decided to develop the bricks industry in Egypt, while preserving the environment. Their innovation finished first in the biggest research competition for innovations ‘Intel ISEF’ in the US, in addition of getting a patent for this.
Both students decided to join the faculty of medicine after finishing their high school, but continuing as well their project and cooperating with ‘Scientific Research Academy’ and other parties responsible for its execution.
ElShiekh explained to SEE that they could form bricks out of coal, lime and gypsum waste to produce stronger bricks, friendly to environment, with low level of mazot included as well as lowering the temperature used from 1500 to 150 degrees Celsius.
The formation industry also implying a certain bacteria used to renewing the brick and preserving its solidity.
They added that the project could save around 200 thousand EGP per 600 thousand bricks.