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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

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


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROJECT FOR Discovery Center

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


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

GOALS Discovery Center

  • 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;


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

Improve the Discovery Center 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.


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

A Center for Formal & Informal Science Education Discovery Center

  • - 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


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

To Find Partners With Discovery Center

  • 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


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

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 )


Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

  • 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


  • Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

    • 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


    Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

    THE PROCESS EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day

    • 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


    Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center

    The International Project Promoted by EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day

    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)

    -


    Networking as a vehicle for the creation of science discovery center
    The turning point – London meeting ECSITE ,2002 EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace DayThe involvement of European OrganizationsECSITE ,UNESCO ,CDS,….


    The logo of the interactive mathematics exhibition
    The logo of the Interactive Mathematics Exhibition EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day


    Families with their kids visiting the mathematics museum
    Families with their Kids visiting the Mathematics museum EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day


    School children visiting the science museum
    School Children Visiting the Science Museum EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day


    International visitors to the exhibitions
    International Visitors to the Exhibitions EXHIBITION for the UNESCO Science for peace Day

    Nobel laureate in Chemistry: Richard Ernest

    Nobel laureate in Chemistry: Richard Ernest