Nour Ali Shaban and Marwan Sami Zaid bringBronze Medal to Yemen [Archives:2004/736/Last Page]

May 10 2004
Presentations at the competition.
Presentations at the competition.
The 2nd ICPO of Turkmenistan took place in its capital Ashgabat between the 24th and 29th of April, with a major participation of 46 projects from 29 countries. The event was organised by the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan. The Robot Arm Project of Turkish International Schools students Nour Ali Shaban and Marwan Sami Zaid under the supervision of their computer Teacher Mr. Necip Celepci was selected by the Ministry of Education to represent Yemen in the international competitions.
The project involved the construction of a robot arm and the development of software controlling the robot with a computer. Engines and other pieces of old printers were used to build the robot arm and electronic equipment was collected from local shops to build the circuits connecting the robot to the computer. With the help of Engineer Dr. Alaadin Ekrekli from Seren Furniture Company in the metal construction, a 100% local robot arm was built by the students and teachers of the Turkish International Schools. The Robot arm has three step engines allowing it to turn and lift small objects through controls on a computer screen.
The event began with a ceremony at the International Turkmen-Turkish University with the presence of the Minister of Education of Turkmenistan and other senior officials. In his opening speech the Minister emphasized that the 21st century is going to be an era of science and expressed his happiness for hosting 29 countries in such an important event. Later a letter from Saparmurat Turkmenbashy, President of Turkmenistan, addressing the ICPO was read. A live concert by a local orchestra and the introduction of the participating teams under their national flags was a memorable scene for all.
During the competitions students were required to give a presentation explaining the aim, use, software, hardware and development of their project. The jury, which consisted of all participant supervising teachers, scored the projects according to practicality, difficulty, originality, feasibility and presentation.
After two days of presentations by the competitors and a vigorous programme including festivities and cultural and entertaining trips to museums and other sights of Ashgabat, the Olympiads came to an end with the results being announced at a ceremony where several projects were awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals.