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Crown Prince Foundation’s fabrication laboratory boosts young creators’ ideas

By Rana Husseini - May 08,2018 - Last updated at May 08,2018

Raneem Saman (right) and Malak Issa display their inventions at the Crown Prince Foundation's TechWorks FabLab on Monday (Photo by Rana Husseini)

AMMAN — Jubilee School classmates Raneem Saman and Malak Issa decided to make use of a newly established facility which is part of the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) to expand their creativity and invention methods.

The two 10th graders decided to utilise TechWorks, a fabrication laboratory which is part of CPF’s flagship innovation platform to encourage technical education by providing the right tools, talents, resources, and institutions to young people, as well as a level-playing field on which to compete. 

“The school encouraged us to come here to develop our ideas and create something new," Saman remembered, adding, "it really helped me with shaping up my personality and meeting new people."

Saman designed a smart voltmeter measuring the level of power and voltage in any battery with a 0.05 per cent tolerance.

“I used a bridge circuit to accurately measure the analog input of any battery voltage.  It is higher than the accuracy of any devices that we have at home,” Saman told The Jordan Times, expressing her delight to see HRH Crown Prince Hussein visit the TechWorks premises to listen to “our ideas and innovations”.

“I really appreciate that Prince Hussein provided us with such a facility to develop our ideas and inventions and to get the chance to meet him in person to tell him about my project,” Saman said, voicing her hope to further develop the project in the future and make it more beneficial so that “people can make more use of it".

Issa’s project, dubbed "Iris mechanism", is used to make wooden objects rotate on a specific circular track. 

“I decided to work on this project because it is the same mechanism that has been used in the digital sliding mechanism for the opening,” Issa explained, noting that the TechWorks facility helped her in creating the material used in her invention through a 3D printer.

“I am planning to develop this project so that people can use different forms of Iris mechanisms as decorations at their homes because it gives some form of beauty to any place you use it. It has different changing shapes and forms,” Issa pointed out. 

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