JoYS holds first exhibition, encourages students to innovate

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AMMAN — Jordan Young Scientists (JoYS) held its first exhibition in the Kingdom on Wednesday at Al-Hussein Technical University. The exhibition was launched as an outcome of an initiative that aimed to encourage school students to innovate. اضافة اعلان

The initiative was developed in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland, Ministry of Culture, the Crown Prince Foundation, and the Queen Rania Foundation.

JoYS Chairman Mohammad Al-Tahboub told Jordan News that the initiative is “based on a tried-and-true concept that was first launched in Ireland over 50 years ago and has now been decided to establish it in Jordan as a first country hosting such an important initiative.”

“From 2023, JoYS will become the paramount national Science and Technology competition for secondary schools in Jordan,” he said.

He said that 20 private and public schools “had the chance to join this year’s initiative due to the shortage of time, but we hope that next year schools all over the Kingdom will be able to join and compete”.

“Our ambition in JoYS is to fix a part of the innovation and creativity system in Jordan, to provide universities with a distinguished group of students who are open to learn and contribute to building the society,” Tahboub explained.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s scholars and leaders who we can be proud of, and we will spare no effort to support and help them,” he said.

He explained that three winners, who will compete in the exhibition, will receive JoYS financial support. “Our support will not stop here, but we will strive and move forward until these small projects are implemented on the ground and grow more,” he said.

JoYS is a new national project aimed at motivating and rewarding young people who study, apply, and benefit from science, mathematics, engineering, and technology abilities.

Ireland’s Ambassador Vincent O’Neill lauded the event, saying he was “very enthusiastic about this, being a diplomat and also a medical doctor.”

“In my lifetime, I have seen how an investment in science in my country over the last 50 years has contributed to a huge benefit across Irish society by investing in young people and helping them to go to school where science is taught to a higher standard,” he said.

Hala Al-Qudah, an engineer and one of the attendees, told Jordan News that she felt “really excited to attend such important exhibitions because I know how important it is to support young scientists.”

“Their innovations will contribute to developing our country and creating a real scientific community for future generations,” she said.

Fouad Al-Sayegh, one of the students participating in the exhibition, told Jordan News that “I can say that I am really proud that I was able to join and participate in such an important initiative that it is one of its kind.”

“Such initiatives are a golden opportunity for youth to help them think, develop, and create. I believe that it is our duty to support our country especially in environmental related innovations,” he added.

“My innovation focuses on renewable energy and conserving water at the same time. I hope that this project can be implemented on the ground one day because it will contribute to the development of our country and environment,” he said.

Jamal Fariz, chairman of the Board of Directors of Haya Cultural Center, said that he was “honored to attend such an important initiative”.

“I work with the youth and I know how important and effective it is to support them and lead them in the right way,” he pointed out.

He maintained: “We have highly qualified students who deserve to be supported and given the chance to innovate. With the presence of such students, our country will grow and develop.”

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