Record visitor numbers attend 1001 Inventions exhibition in Jordan
More than 24,000 pupils from public and private schools across the Kingdom visited the Ibn Al Haytham Exhibition, held at Ras Al Ain’s Jordan Museum last month, according to museum officials (Photo courtesy of Jordan Museum)
2,500% increase in visitor numbers to Jordan Museum for Ibn Al-Haytham Exhibition
AMMAN — As part of Jordan’s Year of Science 2017 (JYS), more than 24,000 pupils from public and private schools across the Kingdom visited the Ibn Al Haytham Exhibition, held at Ras Al Ain’s Jordan Museum last month, museum officials said.
The exhibition, inaugurated by Education Minister Omar Razzaz in the presence of HRH Princess Sumaya, was organised by the Royal Scientific Society, the Jordan Museum, and 1001 Inventions.
The expo received an average of 2,700 visitors per day, mainly from schools around Jordan, with the total turnout during the month “exceeding the number of visitors from last year”, the organisers said.
It was a station for science, knowledge, educational and extracurricular activities, to introduce them to Ibn Al Haytham’s life in science from March 8 to April 8,” Museum Director Ihab Amarin told The Jordan Times recently."
Many school students from Amman, Irbid, Tafileh, Maan and other areas across Jordan visited the exhibition, he said, which catered to all their senses and stimulated their thoughts on different topics.
The exhibition consisted of several interactive pieces for students to “stimulate their scientific imagination”, according to organisers.
Leading Arab scientist Ibn Al Haytham worked in the 11th century, during the golden age of the Muslim civilisation and is seen as a role model in many Muslim and non-Muslim countries, with his accomplishments including contributions towards vision, optics and light transmission.
A short film about Ibn Al Haytham’s life, journeys and contributions to science, starring Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, was screened, and rooms were arranged with interactive activities that required visitors’ involvement, such as smart games, riddles and scientific experiments.
The JYS believes in the important role of science, and aims to “reignite the spirit of achievement” that has defined Arab and Muslim history, Princess Sumaya said previously.
She added that the year seeks to highlight the contributions of Arabs in science, as
we have created history and have not just stood on the sidelines”.
The Jordan Science Year will hold other events throughout 2017, including the World Science Forum 2017 (WSF17), held for the first time in the Middle East under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah, with Princess Sumaya elected as the head of the WSF17.
HRH Princess Sumaya shakes hands with Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions, after signing an agreement between the Royal Scientific Society, the Jordan Museum and 1001 Inventions in Amman - Image by RSS (Source)
About The Jordan Year of Science 2017
The Jordan Year of Science (JYS) 2017 is a year-long series of events celebrating science and innovation in Jordan. It aims to place science, technology and innovation at the heart of the debate on the future growth of Jordan and will reaffirm its pivotal role in the Middle East’s durable development. The events and coverage surrounding the JYS Calendar of Events will draw in scientists, engineers, researchers and policymakers from around the world, and will engage the public in debates and discussions to highlight the challenges and the enormous capacity Jordan has to tackle them with intelligence, creativity and drive.
JYS 2017 will feature a Calendar of events, discussion and debate, headlined by a key, globally anticipated summit – World Science Forum 2017 – in November.
About the Jordan Museum
The Jordan Museum is located in the dynamic new downtown area of Ras al-‘Ayn. Presenting the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries, The Jordan Museum serves as a comprehensive national centre for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents in an engaging yet educational way the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contrbutions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 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.
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