Syrian Refugees Take 2nd Place at the First LEGO League Robotics Competition

Blumont’s Innovation Lab team won second place at the First LEGO League robotics competition!

Each year, the First LEGO League (FLL) competition in Jordan, organized by the Jubilee Institute, brings together youth from across the Kingdom to compete in robotics-related events. The competition tasks participants to utilize their STEM skills to find creative solutions for everyday problems. Each team must design, build, and program a robot out of LEGO that can perform various tasks in the shortest amount of time. The teams that accumulate the most points win the chance to compete in the next levels of competition outside of Jordan.

This year, the Innovation Lab team, made up of eight young boys and girls from Za’atari Refugee Camp, competed against nine other teams from various private schools and took home the second place prize for the Robot Performance Award.

“I was very happy to share my experience and compete against boys and girls from Jordan schools,” said Abdulmalik, one of the Innovation Lab team members. “It was a great competition with them. I couldn’t be happier than in that moment when they announced us as second place winners!”

The talented team of Syrian refugees put in several months of practice with their coaches at the Innovation Lab leading up to the event. Seeing their hard work pay off brought as much joy to the coaches as it did for their students.

“Leading a team of motivated kids is one of the most amazing things I’ve done in my life! Their passion and determination were the biggest reason for this achievement,” said Leen, a volunteer team leader.

“It’s fascinating to see a brilliant team of boys and girls training for this competition for almost four months, then to harvest what they’ve sown by participating and competing with local teams from Jordan,” said Hasan, one of the Innovation Lab team coaches.

The Innovation Lab at Za’atari Camp is led by our Uplift team and is open to people of all ages. Our team provides young people with an opportunity to explore STEM-related careers in a fun and engaging way, while the FLL competition provides them with an avenue to put their skills to the test.

“This competition promotes our concept of investing in ourselves at the Innovation Lab, by having such achievement from a group of underprivileged boys and girls who worked hard and dedicated themselves to learn, innovate, challenge, and unleash their potential,” said Emran, the Innovation Lab and GIS senior coordinator.

Through hands-on learning and robotics at the Innovation Lab, these students have built their critical thinking, coding, and design skills, paving the way for a brighter future. We are incredibly proud of the team’s achievements and the positive impact they will make in their communities.

Congratulations to our talented team, their dedicated mentors, and everyone who supported them along the way!