Four Egyptian student teams are participating at the sixth round of the annual Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia 2015, taking place on 26 February – 1 March in the heart of Manila, the Philippines. The Shell Eco-Marathon challenges students to design and build energy-efficient vehicles and drive the farthest possible distance using one litre/unit of fuel.
The SEM Asia 2015 brings together over 120 student teams, representing 17 countries from across Asia and the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region, whom will be driving their energy-efficient vehicles on the streets in Manila.
In addition to Egypt, there are four other participating countries from the MENA region: Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, making the number of teams representing the MENA region 15 in total.
Teams of students can build one of two types of vehicles: Prototype – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles - or Urban Concept: highly economical and innovative vehicles that resemble today’s cars. They must pass a set of technical and safety tests and are then allowed onto the track to see how far they can get on the least amount of fuel. Out of the four Egyptian teams, one team – Cairo University’s Team – is participating with an Urban Concept vehicle for the first time.
“The purpose of challenges such as the Shell Eco-Marathon is to provide future engineers with first-hand experience on how ‘things work’ in real life. Not only do students gain the practical understanding and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but they also build their leadership and teamwork skills”, says Nerine Elwy, Communications Manager, Shell Egypt N.V.
“In line with our focus on developing Egyptian youth, we are proud to have supported – last year – two teams from two prestigious Egyptian educational institutions; Cairo and Ain Shams universities. I am pleased to announce that we have Ain Shams and Cairo Universities returning this year, with Cairo University represented by two teams, in addition to Alexandria University which is participating for the first time. Best of luck to all four teams!” added Nerine.
“Participating in the SEM is a life-changing experience! The management, leadership, and design skills that I learned – thanks to Shell Eco-Marathon – cannot be taught in the classroom, and has influenced the way I think in my everyday life. I gained an invaluable experience, competing against the top engineering talents in Asia”, says Ahmed Karam, Cairo University’s team leader. “Last year, my university team, CUT 2014, ranked the 8th place out of 44 teams, managing to travel 122 Km with one litre of gasoline. We look forward to beating that record, and bring a leading rank back home!”