8 Egyptian Cities Celebrate 1001 Inventions
Activities engaging thousands during the Egyptian Science Week and Maker Faire Cairo
Egypt, 10 March 2018: In partnership with the Egyptian Science Week and Maker Faire Cairo, 1001 Inventions unique educational experiences were featured across 8 cities in celebration of Egypt’s Science Month 2018.
1001 Inventions activities in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, Mansoura, Damietta, Zagazig, Minya and Aswan included exciting hands-on demonstrations combining science with fun in a unique way. The engaging activities included an insects’ show and an exploration of fossils demonstration aimed to highlight the magnificent world of animals and the importance of keeping balance in nature.
Guided by 1001 Inventions local team of science explainers, these engaging and interactive activities targeted a wide range of audiences with a focus on school students and youth.
Beside these activities, 1001 Inventions short films about Al-Jahiz and Ibn al-Haytham were screened for thousands of youth and children, in diverse Egyptian cities, followed by talks and discussions.
“1001 Inventions and the Book of Animals” features the story of the 9th century explorer Al-Jahiz, the author of the encyclopaedic work about animals ‘Kitab al-Haywan’ (Book of Animals), and raises the awareness about nature and animal conservation.
“1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”, starring the late legendary actor Omar Sharif, highlights the story of 11th century scholar Ibn al-Haytham and his great contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.
This year’s participation in Egypt’s Science Month builds on the success of previous 1001 Inventions exhibitions and events across Egypt including at the Library of Alexandria, Maker Faire Cairo, the Egyptian Science Week and the Cairo International Book Fair.
The films and educational activities are part of global campaigns launched by 1001 Inventions to spark young people’s interest in science and raise awareness about pioneers from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
About the Egyptian Science Week
The Egyptian Science Week (ESW) is an annual event that celebrates science and technology. The celebration gathers vast scientific events, which are spread all over Egypt and held through buzzing scientific shows, inspiring public lectures, engaging scientific competitions and various exciting activities.
ESW is organized in collaboration with governmental organizations, universities, schools, research centres, and NGOs in order to disseminate scientific and technology awareness and simplify science.
About Maker Faire Cairo
Maker Faire Cairo is the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Egypt—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they have learned. The event includes numerous workshops from across the technical and nontechnical fields and a multitude of talks and keynote speeches from several well-noted figures from across the community. All this is coupled with the biggest project/maker exhibition for makers from across the region. Each maker showcases his/her pride project to the event participants that include young makers, families, and also experts in the respective fields. Such network creates a general ecosystem of people and communities willing to build projects/products that then will lead them to establishing small enterprises and business propelling Egypt to a state of industrial and financial stability.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.