Science & Education Programs
Young Innovators Lab
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Young Innovators Lab to promote critical thinking and innovation, and to develop the skills of children and adolescents, aged between 10 and 13 years, in order to stimulate their critical and analytical thinking, through conducting experiments and scientific projects during specialized workshops.
In this respect, the Young Innovators Lab provides a scientific and practical space for the development of critical thinking and logical analysis among children, through training and providing them with the necessary knowledge and required tools.
Simple scientific experiments are used to convey and use the concept of critical thinking to come up with conclusions. Electrical and electronic experiments come, subsequently, into play. Furthermore, students are introduced to microcontrollers, through which they start to work on practical life applications. The innovators are also asked to complete projects, using these devices during the final stage.
The Young Innovators Lab is supervised by a group of passionate university students, who are keen to stimulate thinking and analysis, as well as to provide required support and guidance through all stages, up until the project production phase, while focusing on transferring skills instead of knowledge.
The Young Innovators Lab’s program lasts for 8 months during the weekends, except for the final exams’ period. It includes a series of workshops and experiments, which encourage critical and creative thinking, such as:
- Critical Thinking Workshop.
- Scientific Experiments Workshop.
- Electricity and Electronics Workshop.
- Electronic Applications-Based Scientific Experiments Workshop.
- Children's Project Design and Implementation Workshop.
The Intel International Engineering and Science Fair (Intel ISEF)
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is an annually-held competition, covering 17 scientific research areas, such as engineering, computing and sociology. It is considered the world's largest international pre-college science competition, hosting about 1,700 participants from more than 1,600 secondary schools in more than 60 countries around the world, to take part in the Science Fair in the United States each year.
The Arab edition of the Intel ISEF, the Intel Science Competition - Arab World (ISC-AW), started to be held since 2009, in which Jordan takes part therein, along with the Ministry of Education since 2004.
- Target Audience:
Grade 9 to Secondary II school students.
- Role of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation:
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation’s role played in supporting the Jordanian participation in the ISC-AW started since academic year 2013-2014, in line with its belief in the great importance and impact of such a competition on the development of the students' scientific, critical thinking and creativity skills.
The Foundation intends to continue supporting the competition, as well as the Jordanian participation therein, through the organization of workshops and training courses, targeting teachers and students qualified to participate in competitions. This support will enhance their skills and competencies, in terms of identifying their specific needs, completing and modeling of projects, achieving a better presentation to reach the level of those showcased in the international and Arab competitions.
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation also seeks to disseminate the competition’s idea across all Jordanian education departments, as well as facilitate the students’ registration in areas where the Internet connection is not available, through ensuring and enabling manual registration.
Furthermore, it supports students’ projects, organizes local and international exhibitions, as well as covers incurred travel expenses.