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Young Emirati inventor wins IT Marathon

posted on 09/05/2013: 3357 views



Khalifa Ahmad Al Rumaithi, a 13-year-old Emirati student at Emirates National School Abu Dhabi, participated in the IT Marathon 2013 and won first place at the IT showcase contest, Adec announced on Wednesday.

The IT Marathon, an annual competition for school students throughout the UAE, is organised by the College of Information Technology (CIT) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).

The young inventor said, "Dr Najla Al-Naqbi, E-learning Project Manager at Adec, contacted me and encouraged me to participate in the IT Marathon. So, I decided to submit my project that can control electronic devices through any communication device, such as a mobile phone or an iPad.” He also said Mohammad Hussain, his Science teacher, encouraged him and gave him all the help and support possible.

Khalifa, who was the youngest among the participants, designed and implemented the project on his own.

At the age of nine, Khalifa's mother noticed his passion for electronics, which was what motivated him to search the Internet for projects in electronics.

Khalifa used his free time to design and implement his ideas for electronic inventions, as opposed to playing video games like his peers. His passion for electronics and hard work won the support of his parents, who encouraged him and provided him with any assistance needed.

Khalifa's mother said "His father, being a software designer, was paying extra attention to Khalifa's inventions. For his first project, he created an irrigation system. This was followed by a remote control project that opens and closes curtains automatically with a sensor located in a printing machine.

"We believe that the family plays a major role in child care. We are blessed to have Khalifa, and his talents should be encouraged and highly supported. He is a talented boy and his teachers like him for being an outstanding student.” – The Gulf Today

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