The program, delivered by Phoenix Space in collaboration with the Chaffinch Trust and supported by Gulfsands, completed in February 2023. It provided Syrian refugee children aged between 14-16 years old with an introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields designed with the inspirational theme of space science.
The Phoenix Space’s Flagship STEM program was created to spark an interest in STEM fields among underprivileged youth and provide them with the foundational knowledge of algebra, geometry, and Newtonian mechanics, as well as the introduction to programming and space science. The students participated in a wide range of activities that fostered their creativity and developed their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The introduction to basic scientific investigation helped the participants to understand what science, math, programming and engineering aim to do, and what problems they can solve.
The students who attended the course expressed great enthusiasm for the knowledge they have received and the activities they completed during the course. Amar (14 years old) is a Syrian refugee who moved to Jordan four years ago, says: ‘I really enjoyed the Phoenix Space program, especially the math and physics activities such as making rockets and kites. I think the program will not only help me do well at university but will also help in real life situations.”
The completion of this pilot STEM program marks a significant achievement for the students and the community.
To mark the end of the program, some of the Phoenix Space and Chaffinch Trust team met with John Bell, Managing Director of Gulfsands and the students and facilitators in Jordan (see images).
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John Bell, Managing Director of Gulfsands commented:
“It was my great pleasure to be invited to visit Jordan and see first-hand the inaugural cohort powered by The Chaffinch Trust and Phoenix Space partnership. Together, we were able to deliver a STEM based education program in Amman, Jordan designed for refugee children aged between 14 – 16 years.
The completion of the STEM program marks a significant achievement for the students and the community. The program in Jordan also marks an important milestone in the collaboration between Phoenix Space and Chaffinch Trust, supported by Gulfsands, and we look forward to continuing working together by providing displaced and underprivileged youth, quality education and empowering them to take part in transforming their lives and their communities”.
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