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Drawings exhibited during the arts fair.

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The race of solar-powered, remote-controlled cars made by students.

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May 30, 2008—

Around 870 students from 33 intermediate and secondary schools across Lebanon participated in the 10th Annual Science and Arts Fair in Byblos last week. Organized by the Dean of Students’ Office, the two-day event featured a variety of exhibitions, contests and performances.

During the science fair, around 200 students exhibited 38 group projects in science, technology and engineering. Meanwhile, the arts fair displayed works of photography, drawing, sculpture and film.

In one of the science competitions, solar-powered, remote-controlled cars raced individually or each other depending on the emission frequency used for the remote control. The vehicles, the cost of which was not allowed to exceed $150, were designed and built by teams of students from various schools.

Youngsters also participated in a science knowledge contest, answering general multiple-choice questions in physics, chemistry and biology in teams of two or three.

On the other hand, those with writing skills competed in a writing contest by composing Arabic, English and French poems, short stories and essays on topics announced on the day of the competition.

The multifarious event also accommodated the interests of high-schoolers gifted with dancing and acting talents; they competed in performances, where the troupes were required to select the music and play, and to prepare the choreography, costumes, accessories and set design.

On the second day of the event, a total of 21 schools won different first, second and third place awards for each competition, and received gold trophies. The School of the Year in Sciences and Arts awards went to College Notre-Dame de Jamhour and Sacre Coeur Kfar Hbab schools respectively. In addition, participation certificates and souvenirs were distributed to all students, and the schools received participation medals for their efforts.


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