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Winners of Leonardo Da Vinci National Competition of student-inventors have been announced

The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Tamar Sanikidze, Deputy Minister Lia Gigauri and the Director General of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation Marine Chitashvili have awarded the authors of innovative project  - top prize winners of student-inventors contest €œLeonardo Da Vinci 2014€.

According to the decision of the awards judging commission Gran Prix was given to Tbilisi School #199 team - Temur Chichua (12th grade), Alexander Toidze (12th grade) and Nikoloz Minashvili (12th grade) for the invention €œMetal-Carbon Bi-layer Composites €. The goal of the project is synthesizing bi-layer carbon-metal composites, where carbon layer is constructed from nanoscale graphite fiber, studying their characteristics and evaluation of opportunities for their use in outer space or energy sector. The winning team shall participate in the educational tour abroad.

First place and 5 000 GEL was awarded to the team from Batumi Elite private school Gorda - Vakhtang Donadze (12th grade) and Irakli Chkeidze (12th grade) for the project €œClever Alarm Clock. The invention aims to prevent drivers from falling asleep. The calibrated pulse-meter device is embedded to bracelet (or alternatively on a drivers wheel). In the occasion of lowering the pulse, the alarm makes sounds and the bracelet vibrates, it also makes warning when the driver'€™s pulse is too high.

Second place and 3000 GEL was given to Irakli Kapanadze (Aklahltsikhe School #6, 10th grade) and Karlo Khutsishvili (Akhaltsikhe private school €œMzeqa€) for the project €œMulticlimatizator€. In the remotely placed device Multiclimatizator authors combined different micro-electronic measurement devices to one compact set with solar-battery power. It allows simultaneously read atmospheric and soil temperature and humidity levels, measure air pressure and provide fire alarms to help farmers to stay informed and prevent the harvest loss.

III place and 2 000 GEL were given to Nika Alavidze (12th grade, Kutaisi school #41) for the project €œHigh Pressure Pipes Crash Liquidation Mechanism€. The project offers use of plates or springs of metal/alloy with shape memory for quickly fixing failures of high-pressure tubes or pipes.

Authors of all four top winning projects with financial support of Intel Foundation shall travel to the US to participate in the world'€™s largest pre-college science and engineering fair – Intel ISEF. Leonardo Da Vinci competition become affiliated with Intel ISEF in 2013.

Innovative Education Foundation on behalf of Intel Corporation has awarded 7 distinctive projects with special prizes €netbooks. Namely:

€œClever Alarm Clock€ by Vakhtang Donadze and Irakli Chkeidze (Batumi Elite private school Gorda, 12th grade).

€œAccero-Glove€ by Irakli Kapanadze (Aklahltsikhe School #6, 10th grade)  and Karlo Khutsishvili (Akhaltsikhe private school “Mzeqa”).

€œInvisible Assistant€ by Nikoloz Kalandarishvili (Tbilisi School #199, 11th grade) and Ilia Karazanishvili (American Academy, 11th grade).

€œVoice Dictionary€ by Irakli Popkhadze (12th grade, Kutaisi school #41).

€œElectronic Incubator by Vano Sharia (11th grade), Giorgi Nioradze (10th grade) and Temur Petashvili (9th grade) -AIA GESS private school, Tbilisi.

€œSound Glass€ by Kakha Kudava (11th grade, American Academy), David Gvasalia and Nika Gvasalia (Tbilisi School #41, 11th grade).

€œCentralized Management of Road Signs and Traffic Lights€ by Tornike Kolotauri (11th grade) and Nino Khelashvili (9th grade) €Tbilisi School #210.

In addition 5 projects have received the certificates from US organizations provided to Leonardo Da Vinci Fair as Regional Awards of Intel ISEF affiliated fair.

Favorite projects were identified by SakPatenti (Georgian State Patents Bureau), Georgian Innovations and Technology Agency (GITA), leading IT company UGT and Agricultural University of Georgia. For the invention of Laying Policeman€ Rezo Kapanadze (Khashuri Municipality Tsaghvli public school, 7th grade) received a special prize - a mobile phone from Sakpatenti. GITA chairman Irakli Kashibadze awarded for the project €œSafe Ride€ Giorgi Zeikidze, Dato Gurgenadze and Shota Katamadze (Tbilisi School #199, 12th grade) with 5 000 to participate in international science fair, also the project €œBiogas€ (Demirel School Tbilisi, 9th grade) author Nika Svanidze will be given funding to build the prototype of his invention.

Mtacminda Theme Park has provided vouchers to their attractions to the youngest participants of the competition Nodar Abuladze, Luka Gvelesiani and Giga Doguzov (Tbilisi School #82, 6th grade).

The best works of Georgian student-scientists were displayed in ExpoGeorgia exhibition pavilion, were the authors presented their inventions to the public. All participants of the fair received Diplomas and branded USB-flash-drives provided by Innovative Education Foundation.

Leonardo Da Vinci competition is organized by Shota Rustaveli National Science foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia starting from 2011. It aims at fostering the interest towards innovation and technical progress among students, advancing their learning, discovering the gifted young inventors and giving them stimuli to develop creativity and practical skills.

 

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