Young scientists from Turkic world to compete in 'Science Olympics'

Saturday, March 01, 2014

ANKARA - Young scientists from all across the Turkic countries will compete in the `Turkic World Science Olympics` in central Turkey on May 8-10.

Scientific projects from students aged between 11 and 15 will be entered into categories for invention and design, and will take part in the olympiad, held as part of a wider series of `Cultural Capital of the Turkic World` organizations.

The title is currently held by the central Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The `Cultural Capital` agency organizes the olympics in cooperation with the Turkish Volunteer Teachers Association.

Speaking at the press conference introducing the event, the project coordinator, Ibrahim Erdogan, said the idea of being a scientist takes roots more strongly if it emerges in a person`s early years.

"That is why the organization targets elementary and middle school students," he said.

A total amount of TRY 28,000 ($12,500) will be distributed as prize money.

The committee will receive applications until March 31 through its website: www.tdbo.org/en.

Contestants will provide frontal, upper and lateral photos of their projects’ prototype models, drawings and projects reports if available.

Projects will also be broadcasted on Turkey`s state-run broadcaster TRT in Turkey and other national TV channels in Turkic countries.

The countries featured in the organization are: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Moldova and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as well as federal Russian republics of Tatarstan and Altai.

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