Summer Fun Weeks Expo Tech: A Chance for Students to Explore Their World

09 August 2017
Hadeel Abu Tear, a 13-year-old UNRWA student during her participation in the Expo Tech corner of Agriculture and Environment in Khan Younis. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam

On 2 August, Khan Younis celebrated the closing of Expo Tech, a series of area-specific month-long activities, organized as part of Summer Fun Weeks, through which young students had the chance to explore, imagine, and promote a clean and safe environment through various scientific corners.

Over 220 UNRWA talented students, aged between eleven and 15 years, enjoyed their participation in the Expo Tech’s various corners which ranged from Biology, Geology and Chemistry to the Magic of Numbers, the Environment, Agriculture and Mechatronics. 

The Khan Younis Expo Tech provided these young students with the opportunity to explore science through interactive and hands-on activities, enabling them to test the scientific theories they learn at school using new and advanced experiments.

“I have enjoyed being part of the Environment and Agriculture corner where I learned a lot. From now on I will advocate for a clean green environment,” said Hadeel Abu Tear, a 13-year-old UNRWA student. “I spent my summer vacation learning something really useful and interesting,” she added. 

SFWs participants and the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Mr. Bo Schack, conduct a scientific experiment as part of the Expo Tech activities. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
SFWs participants and the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Mr. Bo Schack, conduct a scientific experiment as part of the Expo Tech activities. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam

Students were free to choose the corner that fits their interest and provides them with a space that enriches their understanding of science through fun, hands-on activities. The aim was to promote critical thinking, collaboration and inquiry-based learning.

In each corner, supervisors focused on mixing entertainment with advanced training and practical implementation of what participants learned in the various corners.  

Rasmi Al Tibi, 11 years old, showcases his taxidermy projects during the Expo Tech. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
Rasmi Al Tibi, 11 years old, showcases his taxidermy projects during the Expo Tech. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam

Over three weeks, the students were able to create and implement sample projects based on the training and information they received.

“I enjoyed learning and exploring new worlds about animals and plants. I was fascinated by the biology of species and I enjoyed taxidermy; drying plants and salting fish,” said Rasmi Al Tibi, 11 years old.

The UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks was launched on 8 July 2017, with the aim of giving more than 186,000 students across the Gaza Strip the chance to have fun and play in a peaceful environment. 

Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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