1001 Inventions Collaborates with New York Academy of Sciences

Published Date: 
22 April 2017

New York, 21 April 2017: 1001 Inventions today joined the seventh edition of the STEM Bonanza organised at the New York Academy of Sciences. The annual event aims to inspire students to become the engineers, scientists and STEM leaders of tomorrow.

Ibn Al-Haytham activities featured at the STEM Bonanza

New York, 21 April 2017: 1001 Inventions today joined the seventh edition of the STEM Bonanza organised at the New York Academy of Sciences. The annual event aims to inspire students to become the engineers, scientists and STEM leaders of tomorrow.

With the support of volunteers from the New York Academy of Sciences STEM Mentoring Program, participating students enjoyed exciting science demonstrations themed on the theories of Ibn al-Haytham in optics and vision. Students were particularly excited to try a camera obscura and learn more about how we see and how modern-day cameras work.

Kristian Breton, Education Director at the New York Academy of Sciences said:

It was great for students to learn about Ibn Al-Haytham at our STEM Bonanza.  Our students represent a wide variety of backgrounds so it is great for them to learn how modern science has been shaped by people of diverse backgrounds throughout history.”



Kristian Breton, NYAS Director of Education delivering opening remarks at the STEM Bonanza 

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Hanan Dowidar, 1001 Inventions Head of Strategic Partnerships said:

We are delighted to collaborate with the New York Academy of Sciences and participate at the STEM Bonanza to introduce students to principles of light and vision through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham. Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to science and his life serves as an inspiration to young people all over the world. Our hope is to spark children’s interest in science and passion for learning while promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation.”



Serife Uzun, NYAS STEM Mentoring Program, engaging kids with science demonstrations themed on Ibn al-Haytham

The STEM Bonanza featured screening the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”. In this partly animated cinematic experience students joined a fascinating journey, narrated by late world-renowned actor Omar Sharif, following the extraordinary story of Ibn al-Haytham.

Also at the STEM Bonanza the children’s book “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How we See”, published in partnership with National Geographic Kids, was presented with a few copies distributed among participating students.

The Ibn Al-Haytham initiative is part of a global educational campaign launched in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. 1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than ten other cities around the world.

About New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences is the world's nexus of scientific innovation in the service of humanity. For nearly 200 years—since 1817—the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery and promoted vital links between science and society. One of the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, the Academy has become not only a notable and enduring cultural institution in New York City, but also one of the most significant organizations in the international scientific community.

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About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

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www.IbnAlHaytham.com