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A new Exhibit on Water and Energy coming soon at the Children's Museum Jordan

January 11, 2012

USAID supports A New Interactive Exhibit on Water and Energy Coming Soon to The Children’s Museum of Jordan,

Amman, Jan 11th, 2012: USAID’s Public Action Project (PAP) signed an agreement for the design and manufacture of a new exhibit to be installed at The Children’s Museum of Jordan, a non-profit educational initiative of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

As highlighted by USAID Mission Director Beth Paige, “Installing the water and energy exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Jordan will help enlighten our children about water and energy issues and inspire them to rethink their water and energy behaviors.”  Sawsan Dalaq, the Director of The Children’s Museum of Jordan, supported Director Paige’s thoughts, saying, “The development of this exhibit is in line with the Children’s Museum’s aim of increasing children’s awareness of their civic roles and responsibilities within the community, said.  We’re sure that through the interactivity of this exhibit, children will gain a unique insight into the challenges facing the country in terms of water and energy, and understand that they are part of the solution.”

Under the terms of the agreement, ROTO will conceptualize, design and manufacture an exhibit exploring ideas related to Jordan’s urgent water and energy crises, and encourage children to change their own behavior in their consumption of both scarce resources.  The 428-square meter interactive exhibit will encourage children to build critical thinking skills, to work within a team and learn through play. The state-of-the-art exhibit costs $1.4 million dollars and will be the largest of its kind in the region. It will encourage children to use their imagination and better understand the consequences of individual actions, raising awareness that “you are part of the solution.” The new exhibit will be open to visitors by March 2013.

The exhibit will be developed by ROTO studio, a design and production firm specializing in interactive experiences for museums and science centers. ROTO's Principal Sean Ramsay commented on this collaboration “We are pleased to have been selected for this project and are looking forward to working with ECODIT, PAP and the Children’s Museum Jordan to develop an exhibit that raises awareness of the pressing water and energy conservation issues in the country. The design challenge for the team is to develop an exhibit that not only educates but also engages and empowers Jordanian youth to take action within their own communities.”

The cooperation that brings the new exhibit started in June 2011, when the Children’s Museum signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID’s contractual implementer, ECODIT, responsible for the Public Action Project, a nation-wide education and behavior change communication program promoting positive conservation behaviors in water and energy use, as well as encouraging better solid waste management practices.

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