Our Fourth Karam House Exhibition!

Last month, students from Karam Lab presented their projects at our fourth exhibition!

45 students attended Karam Lab workshops for one month, including: Play Space, Agrigarden, Thought and Thread, Musical Intervention, and Prosthetics.

During the Play Space workshop, students partnered up in pairs of two to create models of equipment for the playground that Karam plans to build in Reyhanli this summer. Students designed projects  such as fitness obstacle courses, trampolines, and a multi-purpose carousel with a rooftop that overlooks the town.

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13-year-old Radwan Ramadan, presented his project he called ‘Angry Bird,’ which mimics the video game where players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs. The model Radwan created portrayed a box like cage where a a big version of a slingshot is attached to the walls and a ball is thrown into holes on the other end of the boxed cage. He created the space inside the cage big enough for one of the children to enter and remove the ball in case it  got stuck inside.

Students were asked to come up with original ideas to be implemented in the garden at Karam House during the Agrigarden workshop. Mohammad Fathi Hadad and Noraldin Rsso both created a QR code for each tree in the garden, that when scanned with the smartphone, gives you all the details you need to know about that plant, such as age, maintenance, origin, benefits, history, and etc.

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In the Thought and Thread workshop, students designed  inventions for daily use using threads. They invented items such as belts for lower back support, bags for first aid, and a compartment that can be carried around. Mohammad Alyousef and Murhaf Zedan teamed up to create a small tent that can be placed anywhere and traps the air coming into it in case you don’t want the whole room to be cold. This tent can also become a table.

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Students were very excited about the exhibition. “It was a success, many people came and were very interested in our projects,” said Mohammed.  “I’ve gained a lot from this workshop – I met new people and made new friends. At first it was difficult to get along with my partner, but we ended up working very well together and have become very good friends” he said.

“I’ve always had so many ideas I wanted to create, but was never given the means. Karam has provided the resources to help me discover my interests and skills and implement my dreams,” he added.

A student in the Musical Intervention workshop created a model of a treadmill that is attached to musical strings, so one creates a melody as they walk on the machine. The motive behind this is to create enjoyment for one as they exercise.

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Students participating in the Prosthetics workshop visited the main prosthetics center in Hatay. Students studied individual cases and learned the challenges that the center had.  Students designed and created artificial limbs for actual patients.

17-year-old Kifah Abdulsalam and her partner created an artificial hand for a patient who cannot move his hand after shrapnel entered his brain during the war in Syria. It’s not only a replacement for his hand but it’s also a form of physical therapy which relieves him from regular visits to a doctor.

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18-year-old Azari Hamdan participated in the workshop and also created an artificial limb for a specific case she studied. She designed an artificial palm that connects to fingers. The patient cannot move his pinky or ring finger, so this prosthetic allows the patient to move his hand and fingers normally like his other hand.

“I gained a lot from this experience, but most importantly it made me realize that we don’t feel for other people, specifically the people who were wounded in Syria and have suffered a permanent injury. It’s not his/her fault that they cannot move their hand or fingers… we could have been in their place because we were exposed to the same circumstances. So after attending this workshop, my perspective on life has changed. When I wake up every morning and walk or hold the mug, I feel very blessed and thankful,” Azari said.

Karam foundation has partnered up with NuVu, a full time innovation school for middle school and high school students, where they learn how to use the design process to puzzle out complex challenges using creativity, critical thinking, and cooperation.