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Arab science students compete for $160,000 prize in Jordan

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More than 100 students across the Arab world gathered on Monday in Jordan’s capital to present their scientific research projects for a chance to win $160,000.

Now in its fourth iteration, the competition aims to boost scientific research in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to organizers.

Jordan’s Ministry of Education organized the event, in tandem with UNESCO, entitled Intel Science Competition in the Arab World 2013, which is targeted at students aged 14 to 18.

“We strongly believe that innovation starts with a strong foundation of math and science, so we really encourage a diverse workforce that brings a lot of ideas on the table,” Shelly Esque, Intel Corporation’s vice president told Al Arabiya News.

Esque said that Intel Corporation has sponsored science and engineering projects for many decades – part of the company’s tradition that people skilled in these areas make up the foundation of their workforce.

“We knew at this stage that we had to get involved in education because we needed to insure that there are always fresh pipeline[s] of ideas coming forward to the workers,” said Esque.

The executive said that fostering scientific and mathematical innovation is at “the root” of helping countries foster sustainable economic development.

Previous competitions took place in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Today, the number of participants has reached almost 7 million worldwide.