KHF Outreach
Determination overcomes visual impairment at the 11th National Robotics Competition
29th February 2016
February 28, 2016 – Amman, Jordan – His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah today announced the winners of the 11th National Robotics Competition. A new mile-stone was set; for the first time in the event’s history, a team of blind students, called Basaer, participated and won. The two-day competition was hosted at the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education (JCEE) of the King Hussein Foundation in Shafa Badran. It brought together 49 teams representing 29 education institutions from across Jordan.

“This competition taught us that we can do anything we want” said Basaer team member Majd. “We can be anything we want, even engineers. I’m grateful because the competition taught my team and I to have vision, and to work together, because as a team, we are unstoppable.”

The competition is intended to inspire, motivate and harness students’ interest and skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as robotics. This year’s theme was “Trash Treks”, which explores robotic solutions for trash collection, sorting, smart production and reuse. “This is more than just a competition” says JCEE Manager Ismail Yasein. “Each year, Jordan discards approximately 2.5 million tons of waste, only 7% of which is recycled […] Trash Treks, with the help of STEM, is challenging Jordan’s future generation to find solutions for real-life problems, inspiring our innovators to problem solve on a big scale.”

The JCEE is the only institute in Jordan that is accredited and certified to host the Robotics Competition; hosting the competition is part of its mission to promote advanced learning, innovation and inclusiveness among students aged 9-18 in Jordan and the region. 

“We’ve been getting ready for this moment since September” said Jubilee student Omar Nsour, age 16. “Seeing the fruits of our hard labour today makes every minute worth it, and makes me certain that I will be competing again next year.”

Annually, over 500 students across the country participate in this competition, which allows them to demonstrate their research and critical thinking skills in front of both their colleagues, as well as a professional panel of judges selected by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The judging process assesses participants on design and programming, scientific approach, core values, and the robot challenge. 

Some of this year’s winners, as announced by His Royal Highness, include: 
Champion’s Award, first place: The King Abdullah II School for Excellence, Irbid
Robot Performance Award, first place: The King Abdullah II School for Excellence, Irbid
Ball Collector Award, first place: The Jubilee School 
SUMO Award, first place: The Ruwwad Al Tanmeya Organization 
Research Award: The Abdullah Bin Um Maktoom School for the Blind

The Jubilee Institute of the King Hussein Foundation (KHF), which encompasses the Jubilee School and the JCEE, has succeeded over the past two decades in gaining world-wide recognition for its unique educational model. It boasts an enriched educational curricula and personal development programs, providing students the opportunity to develop their academic and leadership potential through an emphasis on critical thinking, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), girls leadership, and community service. Today, the Jubilee Institute stands out as a major undertaking of the King Hussein Foundation and a living tribute to His Late Majesty King Hussein’s belief in the power of education to achieve economic development and social progress. 

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