Saturday, March 28, 2009

Scientists Academy

Building on the amazing success and popularity of the Lebanese program Star Academy (which would motivate and encourage the next generation of Arab Singers, Dancers, and Actors) an Egyptian TV station decided to make a similar program: This time it is called Scientists Academy.

Here are the details.

The program funded by a generous donation of one of the leading Egyptian Buisnessmen will recruit 20 young men and women from all the arabic world. These young people will live, dine, play (Videogames and not in the swimming pool like LBC star academy), and learn together for almost four months the basics of science and engineering. Every Friday (prime) there will be an elimination process based on the votes of the judges who are presidents of the leading universities in the arab world.

The Egyptian TV station announced that Every prime the players (the young men and women) will be competing to design and build devices that are badly needed in the Arab world. Examples of these devices include:

1- A remote controlled Airplane model.
2- A solar powered water pump.
3- A sea water desilnation device.
4- A bicycle that can move on sand.
5- A wind-powered electric generator for a small house.
6- A robotic watch dog.
7- A compact Mushroom Growing Kit.
8- A solar powered Air conditioner.
9- A painless insuline needle.
10- A solar-powered submarine model.

One of the Arab unviersity presidents that will serve as judges in the weekly competition said that she is very excited about the competition. She also said the level of the judges (university preidents) will bring a lot of exposure and prestige to the competition.

She also said that the minister of higher education in her country told her that the time that she will spend on the show will be very rewarding for her country despite her responsibilities as a unviersity president because it will help them recruit young men and women into science and technology and compete with popular career choices among young people now like dancing and singing.

"Although I will be fair when judging between the different players," she said, "I wish the young woman from my country win the competition."

The manager of the Egyptian TV station said they are grateful for the Egyptian businessman whose donation made this show possible.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

it takes a genius to keep Egypt poor

I heard a lecture about how "it takes a genius to keep India Poor." The speaker was saying how India will naturally become super rich, super powerful in the near future because it has all the resources and the means to go that way.

I though about my beloved country; Egypt, and I think the same applies to Egypt.

We are almost 80 million Egyptians. Even if there are only 1% of us who are honest, just, smart, and hardworking then those almost 1 million super Egyptians will change our future to the better. We do not need all our Egyptian scientists to be Ahmed Zweil, only 100 Zweils in Egypt are enough, each in his/her field. We do not need all singers in Egypt to be like Om Kalthoum. If we have Ali Elhagger and Mounier then this is enough for now. We do not need every Egyptian to be perfect; only 1% should take care of us.

I think there is no way Egypt will remain poor/weak/corrupt for long. Change is coming to an Egyptian near you!