We finished our Class Survey and we were the first (!!) in our group. Now we are waiting for the Class Surveys from the schools in other countries. You may see what we got from the Zarqa Pioneet Center in Jordan.
The Center was organizes in 1996 by the king Hussein to help gifted and talented children to improve their skills. There are 50 students at school, 9 – 10 students in every class. They have 75 computers in the center (ACER, Great Wall, APD). Students' favorite subjects are Maths and Physics.
They like playing table tennis and football, and computer/video games (Cars, Counter Strike). Their favorite websites are Facebook and YouTube.
Teenagers enjoy listening to Selena Gomez, Avrel Lavigne, Justin Bieber.
They like such national dishes as mansaf, maqlubah, mlokheia.
What is the Pioneer Center?
(from Khuzama's message)
The Pioneer Center is a place where a student goes to after school for 3 hours, 3 times every week , to enrich his/her knowledge in math, physics, music, drawing, computer, English, French, sport and science. Here we have boys and girls. There's a computer for every teacher, and enough computers for students. There are few students in every class, max is 14, min can be 1 or 2, cuz we take only gifted and talented students. In the CCM1 project there are 8 students (4 boys and 4 girls).
The city Zarqa is situated not far from the capital Amman. Its name means 'the blue one'.The area of Zarqa is 20 sq mi (60 km2); the population – 395,227. The main industries are food production, phosphates production and medical equipment production.
Zarqa is a developing city. It is connected by the Hejaz railway with Amman in the south and with Syria in the north. A new railway is currently under construction to connect Amman with Zarqa. Zarqa lies on the international Amman-Baghdad highway and the international highway that connects Saudi Arabia with Syria.
There are three universities in Zarqa: Hashemite University, Al-Balqa` Applied University Zarqa College and Zarqa Private University.
Zarqa is Jordan's industrial centre, located in the Zarqa River basin, is home to over 50% of Jordanian factories.
The first settlement in the city was in 1902 by Chechen immigrants who were displaced from the wars between the Ottoman and Russian Empires. They settled along the Zarqa River. At that time a station on the Hejaz railway was built in the new settlement, this railway station turned Zarqa into an important hub. On April 10, 1905 the Ottoman governor issued a decree that allowed the Chechen immigrants to own lands which they settled on. The population then quickly grew in size. On November 18, 1928 the new Jordanian government issued a decree to establish the first municipal council for Zarqa.
After the Transjordan Frontier Force was formed in 1926, military bases were constructed in the city by the British army, and the city later became known as the "military city". The headquarters of Jordan's Arab Legion was in Zarqa.