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HRH Prince Hamzah Launches Robotics Competition
3rd December 2008
Dead Sea, Jordan (Wednesday, 3 December 2008) - A total of 360 students convened on the shores of the Dead Sea on Wednesday to engage in an engineering challenge by executing tasks that rely on science, team building and problem solving.

The 60 teams of Jordanian students across the country, and one team from Lebanon took part in the fourth national robotics competition, launched by HRH Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein at the King Hussein Convention Center at the Dead Sea.

The competition was organized by the King Hussein Foundation’s Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education (JCEE) and the National Educational Center for Robotics (NECR). This year's theme is Climate Connections.

'I am extremely proud', HRH Prince Hamzah said, 'to see students from all over Jordan, and Lebanon, engaged so passionately in the analysis and application of science and technology. This competition encourages young minds to pursue scientific thinking as a means of overcoming challenges and therefore to contribute to Jordan's advancement.'
 
In an environment that was part sports event and part scholarly forum, the students displayed a clear commitment to the task at hand. A student at a Jordan Valley school explained: 'It's fun to be here now, but we had to research the problems by consulting with various sources: engineers and specialists in geography and science. We worked very hard to bring together all the different components of the issue to find solutions.'
 
HRH Prince Hamzah with Jubilee school students at the launch of the fourth national robotics competition.

Minister of Education Tayseer Nueimi commended this educational initiative by JCEE and the NECR as one that supported both public and private schools in being incubators for innovative thinking, and analytical and scientific application.

In line with the JCEE mandate to develop and promote innovative educational applications and curricula among private and public schools in Jordan and the Arab world, the centre will hold the First FLL Arabia and the second Arab Robotic competition in March 2009 in Jordan. Over twelve Arab countries will take part. These accomplishments are made possible through major partnerships with the Ministry of Education, King Abdallah II for Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and the King Abdullah II Fund for Development.

The national competition is part of an annual educational global challenge founded in the US in 1989, by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Lego group known as FIRST Lego League (FLL).

HRH Princess Sumaya Al-Hassan awarded the winners during the closing ceremony. This year's national winning team will go to Atlanta, US in April 2009 to participate in the international FLL challenge.
 
 
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