Jordan Young Scientists kick off activities

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AMMAN — Jordan Young Scientists (JoYS) will hold its first exhibition in the Kingdom, which it hopes will encourage school students to innovate, the group said in a statement Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

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, according to the statement.

“This initiative is based on a tried-and-true concept that was first launched in Ireland over fifty years ago and has since been replicated in Kenya and Tanzania,” the statement said. “It has now been decided to establish it in Jordan.”

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

“Its objective is to promote innovation, develop necessary skills, and encourage students to use scientific methodology in the physical, biological, and social sciences outside of the classroom framework,” according to the statement.

It said the first exhibition of the JoYS initiative will be held on June 8 at Al Hussein Technical University in Hussein Business Park.

“The first pilot will serve as a catalyst for encouraging school students to innovate,” the statement said. “It is planned, from 2023, that JoYS will become the paramount national Science and Technology competition for secondary schools in Jordan.”

Vincent O’Neill, Ireland’s ambassador to Jordan, said the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has “hugely contributed to the uptake of science in secondary schools and the quality of its teaching.”

“I have no doubt that similar benefits will occur in Jordan as a result of the launch of JoYS. Ireland remains committed to supporting this initiative to ensure its success,” he said.

He said the governments of Ireland and Jordan are working jointly to “ensure that this national initiative will be a huge success and bring great benefits to the individual students themselves, to their teacher and to the Jordanian society in the form of new innovations, new projects, new ways of dealing with problems faced by ordinary Jordanians and solved by young people.”

JoYS Chairman Mohammad Tahboub ”is a chance for Jordanian society to focus on innovation and creativity and to help the youth to be a part of the innovation system”.

“Our ambition is to let JoYS enter every school, every house and to motivate our children to participate, innovate, think and contribute. Therefore, 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 in building the society,” he said.

“In turn, the universities will graduate distinguished students for business incubators, investors and business companies where we are going to be able to develop our country and build it in a better way,” he added

JoYS lead coordinator Manar Issam Abdullah said the initiative is “one of its kind in Jordan where we will invest in young people to build a bright future for them and help improve the Jordanian society.

“I have been working with the students and teachers since day one to ensure that they are satisfied and are moving forward with their projects as how they planned, and to give them any help the needed and I was amused with the hard work, passion and the commitment that they have shown to bring new unique ideas to JoYS,” she added.

The statement three primary pillars of the JoYS program are outreach activities, an annual exhibition, and a bootcamp.

It said outreach activities will provide students and teachers with the opportunity to participate in workshops for a variety of scientific and practical experiences.

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