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Competitions - National Olympics


​The N​​ational Olympiad for Scientific Creativity “Ibdaa"

The National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity "Ibda'a" is  science & engineering competition organized by Mawhiba  in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The idea is based on a pre-college science competition targeted for the  age group: 7-12th grade students and  complies  with ISEF’s 22 scientific categories. It is considered as the Kingdom’s largest pre-college science & engineering competition that empowers the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.​​​

​Olympiad Objectives:​

• Develop  students’ ability in learning and in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
• Develop students'  skills by encouraging learning and self-development through science fairs.​
• Provide a competitive environment which challenges students' interests and abilities.
• Promote innovation among students in scientific and technical fields.
• Identify students' talent and scientific capabilities.​
• Gain international recognition for Saudi academic achievements.


Target Group:

Male and female students in general education, intermediate, and secondary schools.

Age group: 12-20 years.


Registration Rules:

To be a Saudi intermediate or secondary school student at an age of 12 to 20 years.

• Register for the Olympiad by filling in the on-line electronic form. Any unregistered participants will be rejected.

• Participate in one project individually. Each student is only allowed to enter one project. Team projects will be rejected.

• Each project should have a supervisor (adult sponsor).

• Attending all qualification and training programs and the days of Ibda’a Final Fair.

Olympiad Stages:

Olympiad Categories:


​​International Competitions:

Intel ISEF

Intel ISEF Participation since 2007


Grand A​wards



Special Awards

  • ​​Molecular and cell biology

  • Material and Bioengineering

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Plant Sciences

  • Enviro​nmental Sciences

  • Energy and transportation

  • Environmental Management

  • Materials science

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Engineering Mechanics

  • Energy: Physical

  • ​Environmental Engineering​