Queen Rania Visits Eureka Tech Academy and Meets with Its Staff and Students

May 17, 2017

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the Eureka Tech Academy, on Wednesday, during which she emphasized the importance of investing in hands-on learning and reassessing the current methods used in teaching the sciences.

Queen Rania was received by the Founder of Eureka Tech Academy, Ms. Afnan Ali, who then moderated a meeting between Her Majesty, and the Academy’s team members, beneficiaries, and parents of enrolled students.

During the meeting, Ms. Ali gave a brief overview of the Academy and shared stories of the positive impact it has had on its students.

Ms. Ali also explained to Her Majesty the process through which Eureka’s curriculum and study materials were developed, and elaborated on the Academy’s main programs and its vision for the future.

Queen Rania then discussed the contributions of the Academy to discovering the talents of public and private school children, and making them more involved in producing technology rather than merely consuming it.

Her Majesty also listened to feedback from attending parents and browsed the students’ projects before proceeding on a tour of some of the classes that were in session.

The Queen first dropped in on a Pneumatics class where six to ten year-olds from the Little Innovators program were learning about the application of gas and pressurized air to engineering.

Her Majesty also stopped by the Electronics and Internet of Things (IOT) class, targeted at the Academy’s older students from the Bright Innovators program, where a group of eleven to sixteen year-olds were learning how to build electronic circuits and program micro-controllers.

The Eureka Tech Academy is an organization specialized in the education of innovation and engineering. Eureka is considered a local and regional pioneer in the development of children’s capabilities in the fields of technology and engineering.

The Academy aims to teach its students the basics of engineering and invention in order for them to transform their ideas into functional products and services.

It first started as an offline academy in 2014, offering its services to over 500 students, before opening a branch in the governorate of Aqaba and expanding outside of Jordan.

Currently Eureka offers two main programs, the Little Innovators program and the Bright Innovators program, each targeted towards a different age group.

The Little Innovators program is tailored for six to ten year-olds, and consists of six levels: first and second level Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Pneumatics, and Renewable Energy.

The Bright Innovators program, which caters to students between eleven and sixteen years of age, consists of ten levels: Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Electronics Advanced, Robotics Advanced, Renewable Energy, Mobile Applications, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a final Graduation Project along with a Business Plan.

The Academy has so far been the recipient of ten local and international awards through its participation in various tech innovation competitions.