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Networking as a Vehicle for the Creation of Science Discovery Center and Mathematics Museum at Al-Quds University in Palestine By HASAN SALAH DWEIK, PROF Polymer and Industrial Chemistry Director of Science Discovery Center and Mathematics Museum Executive Vice President

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Networking as a Vehicle for the Creation of Science Discovery Center

and Mathematics Museum at Al-Quds University in Palestine

By

HASAN SALAH DWEIK, PROF

Polymer and Industrial Chemistry

Director of Science Discovery Center and Mathematics Museum

Executive Vice President

AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY

ABU-DIES CAMPUS /JERUSALEM /PALESTINE

Presented at the North Africa and Middle East Science Network

(NAMES )General Assembly Meeting

2-3 November 2008

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

EGYPT

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROJECT FOR

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF

A SCIENCE CENTRE AT AL QUDS UNIVERSITY

IN EAST JERUSALEM

The Only Palestinian university in East Jerusalem, with –

- Total No. of students is 10,000

- Faculty and Administration personal ,1100

- Faculties ,12

- The Largest health complex In Palestine

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To create a culture of science for all

To serve schools , families and the broad Palestinian Public At large

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GOALS
  • To build the First Independent Science Center in Palestine In East Jerusalem at al-Quds University
  • Build a society based on knowledge and on a culture of tolerance, moderation, understanding and mutual respect
  • Enhance the Palestinian national identity by the establishment of a new major public institution to promote scientific culture and technological knowledge;
  • Attract young people into science careers, increasing scientific literacy in the youngsters and their families in Palestine;
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Improve the quality of science education, the promotion of informal learning and science laboratories in the school system;
  • Promote the learning experience in the museum within a social context;

- Motivate children and adults  to become more inquisitive, and encourage the development or redevelopment of curiosity;

  • - Build human resource capacity among the Palestinians
  • - Promote the social interactions through the learning experiences.
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A Center for Formal & Informal Science Education
  • - Create an interactive science exhibition to promote understanding of Science and Technology
  • - Support science teachers through the creation of various training programs
  • - Introducing special programs for young talented students in science education .

. Establish Science laboratories for young Palestinian Children

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To Find Partners With
  • Knowledge & Relevant Experience ,

Has professional experienced staff in development and operation

  • Interest
  • Accessibility
  • Resources

1- Professional Human resources to help in Developing the Palestinian Human Resource Capacity

2- Financial resources

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WE needed the international community to be involved in a very strong partnership
  • USA REPTEC (1998-2000); Al-Quds + BSMJ
  • EU (2001– 2007) Science Education Project- Al- Quds
  • Ecsite 2002 London
  • Al Quds, & Citta, Naples started a Joint work towards The establishment of first Science Center in palestine (2003):
  • Workshops, poster exhibition, UNESCO support (2003)
  • Feasibility Study for the Permanent science center (2003)
  • Meet- Math exhibition, EU + Italian Support (Campania Region )and UNESCO (2004-2006)
  • The Tent - Jerusalem Foundation + Italian Support (Municipality of Naples ,Bank of Naples )
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History of cooperation and Networking
  • 1999-2001 : First initiatives for the establishment of a science museum funded by USAID through the REPTEC Program (12 hands-on exhibits)
  • 2000-2001 : Meeting between Governor Bassolino and Nusseibeh
  • NOV.2002 : Launch of the idea at ECSITE by Fondazione IDIS Citta della Scienza (CDS), Naples -Italy

which received the support of AQU, BSMJ, UNESCO and ECSITE

  • JUNE 2003 : First International Workshop in Naples, supported by Campania Region and UNESCO
  • Definition of a Steering Committee and a work plan
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10.11 2003 : Promotion of the project through the POSTER EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day
  • 15.11.2003 : Preliminary Feasibility Study of the Interactive Science Centre
  • 29.11.2003 : Launch of a campaign for donations of hands-on exhibits in the ECSITE community
  • DECEMBER 2003 : Opening of a Pilot Science Centre under the EU Project Science Education”
  • Pre-proposal for a traveling exhibition on mathematics under the EU partnership for Peace Program with the support of Campania Region
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THE PROCESS
  • Workshops ,Designers ,Curators, Science Educators (Pedagogy),Guides ,and scientists ,all were involved
  • Building Exhibits
  • Moving

The Need for Effective Management and Administration

  • The components: (exhibits, activities…..
  • Opening
  • Public & schools in the exhibition
  • The tent
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The International Project Promoted by

1-Al-quds University in Jerusalem

2- Bloomfield Science Museum ( BSMJ Jerusalem)

3- Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza (CDS Naples)

4-campania Region –Italy

5- Cite de Sciences et de l’industrie ( CSI Paris)

6-UNESCO

7-ECSITE

          • The international projects promoted by:
  • - Al

Al Quds University ( AQU East Jerusalem)

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The turning point – London meeting ECSITE ,2002The involvement of European OrganizationsECSITE ,UNESCO ,CDS,….
international visitors to the exhibitions
International Visitors to the Exhibitions

Nobel laureate in Chemistry: Richard Ernest

Nobel laureate in Chemistry: Richard Ernest

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