2007 News Story

Saudi teen wins prestigious science prize at international fair

  Al-Naimi with his award-winning project

Saudi student Ahmed Khalid Al-Naimi has won an award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was held last week, the Arab News reported today.

Al-Naimi, a 16-year-old student from Dammam, was recognized for his project “A Smart Shoe for Blind People,” which involves equipping shoes with electronic sensors and alarms to guide the blind.

Winning an ISEF medal places Al-Naimi in an elite group of the top high school science students in the world. He was also awarded a total of $1,500 in scholarships for his college education.

Brenda Musilli, director of Intel Education, praised the Saudi team after the ceremony and said it was rare for a nation fielding an ISEF team for the first time to garner such distinction and win prizes.  

Al-Naimi was part of a Saudi delegation that included Khaled Al-Turkestani and Yazeed Al-Turki of the King Faisal School in Riyadh, and Chaima Bouhlel, Marya Al-Jeshi, Jumana Baghabra, Nadia Menouar, Noor Al-Sharif, and Lujain Al-Momen, all of Dhahran Ahliya School.